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WEATHER SIGN:

IF THE SUN SETS BEHIND THE CLOUDS ON THURSDAY, THEN IT'S GOING
TO RAIN BEFORE SATURDAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 03-04-1972

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WEATHER SIGN:

IF THE SNOW FLAKES ARE SMALL, THERE'S GOING TO BE A HEAVY SNOW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 03-04-1972

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Language

American Nicknames:

Mexicans call Americans "gringoes" because when the Texans went into the Battle of San Jacinto, they were singing "Green Grow the Lilacs." The Mexicans thought they were saying "gringo."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Battle ; Culture ; ETYMOLOGY ; Green ; Gringo ; Grow ; Language ; Lilacs ; Mexican ; NATIONALITY ; Nickname ; San Jacinto ; SLANG ; SONG ; Term

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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"A RATTLESNAKE WON'T CROSS A HORSEHAIR ROPE"

IF SLEEPING IN THE WOODS, A HORSEHAIR ROPE PLACED ON THE
GROUND AROUND YOU WILL KEEP RATTLESNAKES AWAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 04-15-1972

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

COKA-COLA WENT TO TOWN,
PEPSI COLA SHOT HIM DOWN,
DR. PEPPER PICKED HIM UP,
AND GAVE HIM A SHOT OF SEVEN-UP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 05-07-1972

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Riddle

What's black and white and red all over?

Variations of answers:

1) Newspaper
2) Skunk with a diaper rash
3) Penguin with a sunburn
4) Blushing zebra

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Black ; Blush ; Brain Teaser ; COLOR ; Diaper Rash ; JOKE ; NEWSPAPER ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Red ; RIDDLE ; SKUNK ; Sunburn ; White ; WORDPLAY ; Zebra

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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PROVERB

YOU SHOULDN'T CRY OVER SPILT MILK.

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS YOU SHOULDN'T LOOK BACK AT OR FEEL BAD ABOUT
WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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Language

Nickname for Grandfather:

"grandpa"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Grandfather ; Grandpa ; Language ; Nickname

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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Folk Name for Animal

Bunny - for Rabbit

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ANIMAL ; Bunny ; Folk Name ; Nickname ; Rabbit

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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Custom

Grammaw's Average Day:

"...go milk the cow and put the milk in the springhouse...churn sum buttermilk 'n make the butter...'n make a batch of hominy...rest a little whilst shelling peas...hoe and weed the garden 'n carry sum vegetables back to the cabin...take sic Mandy Lou sum soup on the next farm 'n gather sum herbs to doctor wid later on...shell sum butterbeans...gather sum pears 'n make sum preserves...git the aigs outta the nests 'n get the goat outta the garden...cook three meals a day."

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Boiling and Baking ; Booger Hollow

Keyword(s): ; Average ; Beans ; Chores ; CUSTOM ; Day ; Domestic ; Excerpt ; FARMING ; GARDEN ; Goat ; Grandma ; Narrative ; Peas ; Prose ; Shell ; Story ; VEGETABLE ; WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

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Childrens' Rhyme

Everyday we go to shop
At the bakery, I like to stop
And point my finger and say "let's try it."
But my mother replies, "You're on a diet."

Oh, how happy I will be
When Mother no longer says to me:

"You can't eat this, You can't eat that,
Cause this and that will make you fat."

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bakery ; CHILDREN ; Eat ; Fat ; Language ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; Shop ; SONG ; VERSE

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

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Jump Rope Rhyme

Jump-Rope Rhyme:

Teacher, teacher with a stick
What's my grade in arithmetic?

A..B..C..D..E..F..A..B..C..

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Arithmetic ; Entertainment ; GAME ; Grade ; Jump Rope ; RHYME

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

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Entertainment: Game

Traditional Game - Simon Says

Instructions are given for players to perform specific body motions. Players are only to obey if instruction is preceded by the words "Simon Says."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BODY ; Entertainment ; GAME ; Motion ; Movement ; Obey ; Pastime ; Rules ; Simon Says

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

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Prose Narrative Tale

Prose Narrative Tale:

Folktale of New England -- The Gingerbread Man.

Children's story of a runaway cookie including repeated theme: "rubn, run, as fast as you can. Can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Bookhouse Volume One

Keyword(s): CATCH ; CHILDREN ; Cookie ; Fast ; Gingerbread ; Gingerbread Man ; Legend ; Narrative ; New England ; Prose ; REGIONAL ; Run ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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Expression

"Wet behind the ears" means inexperienced

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): EARS ; EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; Inexperienced ; Language ; Newcomer ; Rookie ; Saying ; Wet

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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PROVERB: FATHER KNOWS BEST

DON'T TEACH YOUR PAPPY HOW TO SUCK EGGS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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Expression

"go off half-cocked" means to do something on impulse

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Expression ; Half-cocked ; Heated ; Impulse ; Language ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

To beat the tar out of someone means to beat them up

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Beat ; EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; Injure ; Language ; Saying ; Tar ; VIOLENCE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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SASSAFRAS TEA REMEDY

SASSAFRAS TEA DRUNK IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH WILL THIN THE BLOOD FOR THE SUMMER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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Celestial Body Legend

Idea of looking for the "man" in the moon.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ASTROLOGY ; ASTRONOMY ; CELESTIAL ; Legend ; Man ; MOON ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Moon

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