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TO CURE HICCUPS, HOLD YOUR BREATH AND COUNT TO TEN.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001950S

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LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001950S

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned

Submitter comment:

Used when Collector's ten cent allowance was spent.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Earn ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; Savings ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

You can dress a person up, but you can't take him out.

Submitter comment:

Used by informant's girlfriend at senior prom when informant started throwing chunks of fruit salad into the air and catching them in his mouth.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHARACTER ; Class ; DRESS ; Fashion ; Maxim ; Presentation ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH.

Submitter comment:

USED BY INFORMANT ON SEVERAL OCCASSIONS WHEN CHILDREN OFFERED TO
HELP HIM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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Proverb

YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM DRINK.

Submitter comment:

USED WHEN KIDS WOULD NOT EAT SOMETHING AT SUPPER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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SAINT LUCIA BUNS

TWO STRIPS OF BREAD-LIKE DOUGH SHAPED INTO A CROSS WITH CHERRIES
AND NUTS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FATHER MAKES THEM EVERY YEAR FOR  CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001960S

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SIDEWALK GAME-IF YOU STEP ON THE CRACK YOU WILL BREAK YOUR
MOTHER'S.

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHILE WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK, CRACKS REFERRING TO THE
EXPANSION JOINTS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001950S

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES IN FRONT OF YOU

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.3

Date learned: 00001950S

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YOU CAN DRESS A PERSON UP BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE HIM OUT.

Submitter comment: USED BY INFORMANT'S GIRLFRIEND AT SENIOR PROM WHEN INFORMANT STARTED
THROWING CHUNKS OF FRUIT SALAD INTO AIR AND CATCHING THEM IN HIS
MOUTH.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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A PIECE OF GARLIC WORN AROUND THE NECK WILL CURE A COLD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001960S

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SAINT CHRISTOPHER PROTECTS TRAVELERS. PRAY TO HIM BEFORE A JOURNEY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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ON FEAST OF SAINT BLAIZE, CANDLEMAS, HAVE YOUR THROAT BLESSED BY A
PRIEST USING CROSSED CANDLES TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SORE THROATS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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PRAY TO SAINT JUDE WHEN THINGS LOOK HOPELESS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PRAYED TO SAINT JUDE FOR A GIRL PROMISING TO NAME HER
{BABY} AFTER HIM. COLLECTOR NOW HAS A SISTER NAMED JUDY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE GIRL WHO CATCHES THE BRIDE'S BOUQUET AT A WEDDING WILL BE THE
NEXT TO MARRY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: 545 Ceremony

Date learned: 00001960S

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THE NUMBER "13" IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.5

Date learned: 00001950S

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BEAVER

CHILDREN'S GAME PLAYED WHILE RIDING IN A CAR. A BEAVER IS A STATION
WAGON AND ALL THE PLAYERS COUNT BEAVERS. THE ONE WITH THE MOST
BEAVERS AT THE END OF THE TRIP WINS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00001960S

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LIGHT A CANDLE DURING A STORM TO KEEP THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME
SAFE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

Date learned: 00001950S

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Proverb

A WATCHED POT NEVER BOILS.

Submitter comment:

USED BY INFORMANT WHEN CHILDREN WAITED IMPATIENTLY FOR THINGS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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