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A PECK OF DIRT IN YOUR LIFE

EVERY PERSON EATS A PECK OF DIRT IN HIS LIFETIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY ; OBSERVATION ; UNCLEANLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PROVERB

EVERYONE MUST EAT A BUSHEL OF DIRT BEFORE HE DIES.

Submitter comment: SEE DORSON: BUYING THE WIND NO. 351
PAGE 138
EACH ONE MUST EAT SEVEN POUNDS OF DIRT AND A HANK OF TOW PER YEAR.
I HAVE HEARD THIS PROVERB FROM MY MOTHER AND OTHER PEOPLE SINCE
DHILDHOOD.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY ; OBSERVATION ; UNCLEANLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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POULTICES

A CARBUNCLE IS ABOUT TEN DEGREES WORSE
THAN A BOIL.
WHEN I HAD ONE, THE DOCTOR CAME DOWN
AND TOLD ME TO PUT A BREAD AND BUTTER POULTICE ON IT.
IT WASN'T READY TO LANCE YET --
IT HAD TO BE DRAWN TO A HEAD.
NEXT TIME, HE LANCED IT.

Submitter comment: HAPPENED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CARBUNCLE ; FOOD

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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BELIEF

A CHILD MUST NEVER PASS BEHIND HIS UNCLE
OTHERWISE THE UNCLE WILL SUFFER FROM CHRONIC DIZZINESS.

Submitter comment:

THE SUPERSTITION IS PROPER TO THE BATOORO TRIBE OF ABOUT 100,000
PEOPLE OF UGANDA.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bataroo ; BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CHILD ; Dizziness ; Dizzy ; Movement ; SUPERSTITION ; Uganda ; Uncle

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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