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Proverbial Comparison

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...as shiny as a nigger's heel.

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James Callow comment:

The word as is underlined.

Dup of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): Foot ; Heel ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison
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Retort

"A tee-hee's egg in a ha-ha's nest."

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BNs [S200, S500, S560, V700, V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

"Polite" taunt? A kidding remark?

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

...as slow as molasses in January.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): Cold ; January ; Molasses ; Month ; SIMILE ; Slow ; SPEED ; TIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Belief: Animal

Horse-Taming:

"Hints for the farrier. To tame a wild horse, haltre him and then take the warts from the leg and dry them and pulverize them. Blow the dry powder up the horse's nose. Then take oil of radium and drop a few drops in your hand, rub it over his nose. This will make him follow you and the animal will do anything you wish. I paid Perry Plancher $20 for the secret."

Submitter comment:

Informant given the information by an elderly life-long Northern Michigan resident who saved it from a newspaper of her father's, published in January of 1871.

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A Farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care.

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P760] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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PROSE--RAINY DAY

AS I WAS SITTING IN MY WIGGLEWARY LOOKING THROUGH MY
WINKLEWARY, I SAW OL' UNGLE-BUNGLE-BAG COME CARRY OFF
MY WEE-TIG-TAG. I SAID IF I HAD MY FIDDEN-FADDEN,
I WOULD MAKE OL' UNGLE-BUNGLE-BAG DROP MY WEE-TIG-TAG.
WIGGLEWARY: ROCKING CHAIR. WINKLEWARY: WINDOW.
UNGLE-BUNGLE-BAG: HAWK. WEE-TIG-TAG: CHICKEN.
FIDDEN-FADDEN: GUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY ; ST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 03-29-1970

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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PROVERB

EYES LIKE TWO BURNT HOLES IN A BLANKET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"DEATH'S DOOR" (THE ENTRANCE TO GREEN BAY(THE BAY NOT THE CITY) FROM
THE OPEN LAKE)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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GEOGRAPHY

CURIOUSLY, WHEN ONE IS HEADED NORTH ON LAKE MICHIGAN, ONE IS "DOWN-
WARD," AND HEADED SOUTHWARD TO CHICAGO, ONE IS "UPBOUND." THIS OCCURS
ONLY ON LAKE MICHIGAN. THE NAVIGATIONAL AND MARITIME TRADITION WHICH
DEFINES THE CONCEPTS "UPBOUND"AND "DOWNBOUND" IS THAT "DOWNBOUND" IS
ALWAYS "SEAWARD TO THE HEAD OF NAVIGATION." HENCE, ON THE GREAT LAKES
"DOWNWARD" IS THE DIRECTION OF THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY FROM THE
LAKES. YET, ON LAKE ERIE, SAILORS DO NOT DESIGNATE DIRECTION BY
"UPBOUND" OR "DOWNBOUND" BUT "EASTBOUND" OR "WESTBOUND"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"SQUAWK BOX" (THE RADIO TELEPHONE)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"DEAD SEA" (A HEAVY SEA AFTER THE WIND HAS DIED)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"ARM THE LEAD LINE" (TO STICK SOAP OR WAX IN THE LEAD, LOWER IT TO
THE BOTTOM WHICH STICKS TO TO SOAP OR WAX IN ORDER TO TELL THE BOTTOM
TEXTURE)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"PICKING US UP" (DURING A FEVERISH RACE AT FULL STEAM FOR FIRST
POSITION TO UNLOAD IN THE PORT, THE ASTERN GAINS)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"DROP THE HOOK" (LOWER THE ANCHOR)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"BRAIN BOX" (THE PILOT HOUSE)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"POPPING RIVETS" (RIVETS SHOOTING OUT FROM BOW AND HULL PLATES FROM
SEVERE SEA AND WIND STRAIN; A FRIGHTENING OCCURRENCE DURING HEAVY
GALES; IN THE INTERIOR OF THE SHIP)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"LET HER GO" (UP THE KNOTAGE PER HOUR BY SETTING THE THROTTLE FORWARD
ONE NOTCH).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

THE "OLD MAN" (THE SKIPPER, CAPTAIN, MASTER)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"PULLING HER" (DURING RACE TO PORT WITH VESSEL OF ANOTHER COMPANY,
THE FIREMAN SHOVEL COAL AS FAST AS POSSIBLE).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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VOCABULARY: GREAT LAKES SAILING

"BLUE WATER PAST PORTHOLE" (SEAS HIGH EMOUGH TO COVER THE PORTHOLE
WITH SOLID WATER INSTEAD OF SPRAY)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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