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WHISTLING BELIEF

GIRLS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WHISTLE BECAUSE THE BLESSED MOTHER
WOULD TURN HER HEAD AND CRY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.
SHE PRACTICED THIS WHEN YOUNG, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE
TRUTH OF IT NOW. (1920S).

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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A GIRL WHISTLING

GIRLS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WHISTLE BECUASE IT MAKES THE BLESSED
VIRGIN CRY WHENEVER THEY DO IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY MOTHER, AND SHE REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER
CHILDHOOD BECAUSE MY GRANDMOTHER TELLS THIS TO HER DAUGHTERS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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WHISTLING

GIRLS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WHISTLE BECAUSE THE BLESSED VIRGIN
WILL TURN HER HEAD AND CRY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT TOLD BY MOTHER IN THE 1920'S. SHE PRACTICED
WHEN YOUNG, BUT DOESN'T BELIEVE NOW.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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GIRL WHISTLING

IN GRANDMOTHER'S TIME, GIRLS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WHISTLE. SHE
SAID IT MADE THE BLESSED VIRGIN CRY.

Where learned: TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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BLESSED MOTHER BELIEF

A WHISTLING WOMAN YOUNG OR OLD IS INSULTING THE BLESSED MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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PROVERB

IF A GIRL ADMIRES HERSELF IN THE MIRROR TOO LONG, SHE WILL SEE
THE DEVIL BEHIND HER.

Submitter comment: I ASKED MISS CLARK IF SHE REALLY BELIEVED THIS PROVERB AND SHE SAID
SHE DID BUT ONLY METAPHORICALLY.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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SELF-PRAISE STINKS.

Submitter comment: {HEARD IN} CHILDHOOD

Keyword(s): VANITY CONCEIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Blason Populaire:

Tell a woman she is beautiful and the devil will repeat it to her ten times.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BEAUTY ; DEVIL ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VANITY ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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IF AN EXPECTANT MOTHER ADMIRES HERSELF FREQUENTLY IN A
MIRROR, HER LABOR WILL BE DIFFICULT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Labor ; PREGNANCY ; VANITY

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY PRIDE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

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WHISTLING

GIRLS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WHISTLE BECAUSE THE BLESSED MOTHER
WOULD TURN HER HEAD AND CRY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.
SHE PRACTICED THIS WHEN YOUNG, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE
TRUTH OF IT NOW. (1920s).

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Blessed Mother ; BLESSED VIRGIN ; Cry ; Female ; Feminine ; Girls ; Holy Mother ; Ladylike ; Whistle

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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