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NEVER LET ANYONE TRY ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING OR YOUR
WEDDING BAND FOR IF YOU DO, IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER WHEN SHE
ASKED HER IF SHE COULD TRY ON HER WEDDING BAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BERGER, WILLIAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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NO BUILDING CAN BE BUILT HIGHER THAN WILLIAM PENN'S HAT ON
TOP OF CITY HALL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

James Callow Keyword(s): HEIGHT OF BUILDING ; STATUE OF WILLIAM PENN

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEGLIGENCE IS A GREAT ENEMY

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN. ITEM IS FROM A LETTER

James Callow comment: I ASSUME THE INFORMANT IS TRANSLATING FROM JAPANESE--
F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE, REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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SPRING CUSTOM __ PALM SUNDAY

THE UKRANIAN PEOPLE USED TO BLESS PUSSY WILLOWS INSTEAD OF PALMS
AFTER THE PUSSY WILLOWS WERE BLESSED AT CHURCH THEY WOULD BE TAKEN
HOME BY EACH FAMILY. IN THE HOME THEY WERE PLACED ABOVE A HOLY
PICTURE. AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THE OLD PUSSY WILLOWS WERE
BURNED. THIS DAY WAS SOMETIMES CALLED WILLOW SUNDAY. WILLOWS
WERE USED BECAUSE PALMS WERE COSTLY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNEW OF THIS PRACTICE THROUGH A FRIEND AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF MICHIGAN. HIS NAME IS SMENA RAKOVSKEY.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM ; WILLOW

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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SWITCHING DAY

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER POLISH GIRLS STAY INSIDE IF THEY
KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR THEM. THE BOYS ARE OUT TO GET THEM WITH WATER
BALLOONS, EGGS, NUTS AND VARIOUS OTHER GOODIES. SOMETIMES IN THE
MORNING PARENTS WILL LET NEIGHBORHOOD BOYS IN, AND THEY QUIETLY MAKE
WAY TO THE DAUGHTER'S BEDROOM WHERE SHE SLEEPS, AND
BEGIN TO "SWITCH" THE FEET WITH LIMBS OF PUSSY WILLOW
TREES; THEY MAY ALSO SPRINKLE WATER ON THE GIRLS. THIS CUSTOM IS
DERIVED FROM THE ACTION OF LONG AGO
WHEN ST. STEPHEN WAS STONED THE DAY AFTER
EASTER. HOWEVER, THE BOYS MUST BEWARE, FOR TUESDAY IS REVENGE
DAY AND THE GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; RITUAL WHIPPING ; WATER ; WILLOW

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day

Date learned: 11-22-1971

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POLISH CUSTOM ON EASTER MONDAY--SWITCH DAY

MY MOTHER, WHO WAS BORN AND REARED IN HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN, SAID
IT WAS THE CUSTOM FIFTY YEARS AGO (C. 1915) FOR THE BOYS IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD TO GET UP REAL EARLY ON THE MONDAY FOLLOWING EASTER
SUNDAY AND VISIT THE HOMES OF THE GIRLS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
SINCE THERE WAS NO SCHOOL THAT DAY THE GIRLS WOULD
BE TRYING TO SLEEP IN. THE BOYS
ALWAYS IN GROUPS OF THREE OR FOUR WOULD BE ADMITTED INTO THE HOUSE
AND IF ANY GIRLS WERE STILL IN BED THEY WOULD BE CONDUCTED, BY THE
GIRLS' MOTHER TO THE BEDROOM WHERE AMIDST MUCH PROTEST, EITHER
FEIGNED OR ACTUAL, THEY BEAT THE GIRLS ABOUT THE FEET AND ANKLES.
THEIR WEAPONS FOR THIS TASK WOULD BE WILLOW SWITCHES WHICH
WERE SOFT AND GREEN. APPARENTLY NO ONE WAS EVER HURT PHYSICALLY
BUT THE SCENE WAS USUALLY QUITE WILD. THE BOYS WOULD THEN STAY AND HAVE
BREAKFAST, USUALLY HAM OR KIELBASA LEFT OVER FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY.

Submitter comment:

(RITES OF LUPERCAL IN "JULIUS CAESAR"??)

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; RITUAL WHIPPING ; WILLOW

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 00-00-1946

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PROVERB

HE WHO IS WILLING TO WORK FINDS IT HARD TO WAIT.

Where learned: WEST AFRICA

Keyword(s): EAGERNESS ; THE WILLING WORKER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE ON A HILL,
SEND ME A MESSAGE BY THE WHIP-POOR-WHILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRD ; INSTRUCTIONS ; RHYME: AA ; WHIP-POOR-WILL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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IF A WEEPERWILL GETS CLOSE TO THE HOUSE OR NEAR THE
ASHHOPPER, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WILL DIE IN A YEAR.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRD WHIPPORWHILL WHIPPORWILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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CORN SHOULD BE PLANTED WHEN THE WHIP-O-WILL CALLS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Keyword(s): WHIP-OR-WILL WHIPORWHILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF YOU SEE A WHIPPERWILL, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARING A WHIPPERWILL IS NOT BAD LUCK, JUST SEEING IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): WHIPPORWILL WHIPPOORWILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 05-05-1972

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LADYBUGS

WHEN ONE FINDS A LADYBUG ON ONE'S CLOTHING, ONE IS SUPPOSED
TO RELEASE THE BUG IN THE AIR (IT WILL FLY) AND SAY:
LADYBUG, LADYBUG,
FLY AWAY HOME,
YOUR HOUSE IN ON FIRE,
AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE ALL ALONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BURN.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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WHEN YOU HEAR A WHIP-O-WHIRL CALL IT'S TIME TO PLANT CORN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WHIPPOORWILL WHIP-O-WILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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Proverb

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Desire ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Want ; Way ; Will

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Where there is a will, there are relatives.

Submitter comment:

Heard it from his dad.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Relatives ; VERSE ; Will

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Submitter comment:

heard it long time ago.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DETERMINATION ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Way ; Will

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Man has his will, but woman has her way.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; gender ; Man ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Sexes ; VERSE ; Way ; Will ; Woman

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Man has his will - but woman has her way.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] crossedout. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; gender ; Man ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Sexes ; Way ; Will ; Woman

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Where there's a will, there is a relative.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B660] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; FAMILY ; JOKE ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; PUN ; Relatives ; VERSE ; Will

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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