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IF A REAL OLD PERSON DIES, THERE WILL BE A BAD CLOUD (STORM).

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Human condition and activities

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF YOU SEE A LIZARD FIRST IN THE SPRING, YOU'LL BE PRETTY (OR
SMART); IF YOU SEE A SNAKE, YOU'LL BE SICKLY; IF YOU SEE
A FROG, YOU'LL BE LAZY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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SWEEPING ON NEW YEAR'S

INFORMANT REMEMBERS THAT HER MOTHER-IN-LAW WOULD NOT SWEEP ANYTHING OUT THE DOOR ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, FOR SHE THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE SWEEPING OUT THE NEW YEAR. WHEN SHE SWEPT THE FLOOR, EVERYTHING WAS SWEPT INTO THE CORNER UNTIL THE NEXT DAY WHEN IT WAS REMOVED.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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DRY PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

INFORMANT'S MOTHER-IN-LAW WOULD ALWAYS COOK DRY PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY AND AFTER DINNER, PUT A PENNY IN HER CLOCK SO SHE WOULD HAVE MONEY ALL THE YEAR.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CUTTING STOVEWOOD

INFORMANT SAYS THAT IF YOU CUT YOUR STOVEWOOD ON THE NEW MOON IN MARCH AND APRIL IT WILL DRY OUT BETTER AND NOT ABSORB THE SUMMER RAIN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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SNOW ATTRIBUTED TO GEESE

INFORMANT CAN REMEMBER BEING TOLD THAT THE SNOW CAME FROM OLD MASSA PICKING HIS GEESE AND LETTING THE FEATHERS ESCAPE FROM THE CLOUDS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mythology

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PROVERB

A CLOSE MOUTH CATCHES NO FLIES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

FIGURES WON'T LIE BUT LIARS WILL FIGURE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

THE WATER THAT'S PAST CANNOT MAKE THE MILL GO.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

HE WHO PAYS THE PIPER CAN CALL THE TUNE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

WHOSE HOUSE IS OF GLASS MUST NOT THROW STONES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH POUND OF CURE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN A BUSH.

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Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Keyword(s): BIRD ; Bush ; Hand ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

A NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

A ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

BIRDS OF A FEATHER WILL FLOCK TOGETHER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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PROVERB

YOU ACT SO LOUD YOU CAN'T HEAR WHAT YOU SAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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