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CHARLIE CHAPLIN WENT TO FRANCE,/ TO TEACH THE LADIES HOW TO DANCE,/
WITH A HEEL AND A TOE, AROUND WE GO./ SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN,/ BOW TO
THE QUEEN,/ TOUCH THE BOTTOM OF THE DIRTY SUBMARINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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OMEN

IF THE PALM OF YOUR HAND IS ITCHY, IT IS A
SIGN THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE SOME MONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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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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Expression

To Feather Your Nest means to make your life comfortable.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Comfortable ; Expression ; Feather ; Language ; LIFE ; Nest ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Belief: Animal

Crosses on Donkeys:

The fur on a donkey's back seems to make a dark cross length-wise. According to the informant, the cross is there because Christ rode the donkey into Jerusalem. When she told me this, another person who was present said she had always heard it was there because Mary rode on the donkey.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P682.4, M247.3] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ;

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ASS ; Christ ; CHRISTIANITY ; Cross ; DONKEY ; DONKEY ; Fur ; HAIR ; Jerusalem ; JESUS ; Mary ; RELIGION ; SYMBOL ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Weather

Rain:

If it rains before seven it will shine before eleven.

Submitter comment:

Collector wrote down a phone number in the bottom right hand corner of the card: XXX-XXX-9651

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): NATURE ; Predicitng ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sun ; WEATHER

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

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

Pink sky at night; sailor sdelight

Red sky in the morning; sailors warning.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean: Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

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

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Belief: Weather

Red in the morning, sailors take warning; Red at night, sailors delight.

Submitter comment:

From his mother

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C880, P200] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Color, Nature ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING

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

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Belief: Weather

Belief in Verse - Prediction:

Rain by seven, Done by eleven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): NATURE ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sky ; TIME ; WEATHER

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

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Belief: Weather

Weather Prediction:

Start to rain before seven, quit before eleven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ;

Keyword(s): NATURE ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sky ; TIME ; WEATHER

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

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Belief: Weather

The south wind brings wet weather,

The north wind wet and cold together,

The west wind always brings us rain,

The last wind blows it back again.

Submitter comment:

Verse without Music or Prediction Divination

Heard in School

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ;

Keyword(s): Compass ; DIRECTION ; North ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; South: east West ; Wind

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

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Language

A big black bug bled blue blood.

Submitter comment:

My Neighborhood

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Tongue Twister? This much (A big black bug) already typed as Prose.

Where learned: HOME ;

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; Blue ; Bug ; GAME ; Language ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Of all the saw I ever saw saw, I never saw a saw saw like that saw saws.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Something similar in Prose already typed.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; GAME ; Language ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Rush the washing Russell,

Rush the washing Russell.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

A question mark is written on the card.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; GAME ; Language ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: -- .C700, S570

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Language

Tongue Twister:

That that is, is that that is not, is not. Is not that it?

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): GAME ; Language ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language

Weather Verse:

Rain Rain, go away. Come again another day.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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Maxim

Proverbial Apothegim Maxim:

All is fair in love and war.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Miscellaneous grammar corrections.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Cliche ; Fair ; LOVE ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; WAR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

All the water I bathe with doesn't go on my skin alone.

Submitter comment:

Meaning: All my good fortunes are not mine alone, Others benefit from it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The A in All and the first letter of each last name on the card are each underlined.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Bathe ; BODY ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverbial Comparison

Is it clear now?

"Oh yes, Clear as mud."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. replaced wtih current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SARCASM ; SIMILE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

Parallel Structure:

Give the world the best you can and the best will come back to you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Ability ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Return

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

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