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WHAT GET'S LOST EVERY TIME YOU STAND UP? (YOUR LAP)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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THE SKUNKS

MAMA SKUNK WAS WORRIED BECAUSE SHE COULD NEVER KEEP TRACK OF HER TWO
KIDS. THEY WERE NAMED "IN" AND "OUT" AND WHEN "IN" WAS IN, "OUT" WAS
OUT. AND IF "IN" WAS OUT, "OUT" WAS IN. ONE DAY SHE CALLED "OUT"
AND TOLD HIM TO BRING "IN" IN. HE DID. "GOOD!" SAID MAMA SKUNK.
"HOW DID YOU FIND HIM IN SO SHORT A TIME?" "IT WAS EASY SAID
OUT, "INSTINCT!"

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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THE FEET OF A STRANGER ARE SMALL

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WILL TELL THIS TO A THIRD PARTY WHO STICKS HIS MOUTH
INTO AN ARGUMENT THAT DOES NOT AFFECT HIM.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTING IN MEDDLE ; INTERRUPTS ; METONYMY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TO TAKE OUT AND PUT BACK NEVER EMPTIES THE POT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WARNS TO BEWARE OF THOSE WHO ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A
HANDOUT.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BEGGING CHARITY BEGGARS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MARKING THE SPOT

JACK AND JOE WERE FISHING AND FOUND THIS PLACE WHERE FISHING WAS
GOOD. JOE SAID YOU BETTER NOT FORGET THIS PLACE. MARK IT SO WE CAN
COME HERE AGAIN. JACK TOOK A PENCIL AND WROTE AN "F" ALONG SIDE
THE BOAT. WHEN THEY GOT HOME JOE ASKED JACK IF HE MARKED THE PLACE
GOOD. JACK SAID YES I PUT AN "F" ON THAT SIDE OF THE BOAT FOR FISH
SO WE'LL KNOW WHERE THE FISHING IS GOOD. JOE HIT JACK IN THE HEAD
AND SAID, "YOU DUMMY, WE WON'T HAVE THAT BOAT AGAIN."

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 11-25-1972

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IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS IT MEANS YOU WILL BE MAD BEFORE THE DAY IS
OVER.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGER ; RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES YOU WILL SOON SHAKE HANDS WITH A STRANGER.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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IF YOUR LEFT FOOT ITCHES YOU'LL SOON GO ON A SAD TRIP.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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RING THE BELL

RING THE BELL(PULL LOCK OF HAIR), KNOCK AT THE DOOR (TAP FOREHEAD)
PEEP IN (LOOK IN EARS), LIFT THE LATCH (TILT NOSE), WALK IN
(OPEN MOUTH), GO DOWN IN THE CELLAR AND EAT APPLES(TICKLE THROAT)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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IF A PERSON FINDS THAT HE IS DREAMING ABOUT MUD OR MUDDY WATER,
SOMEONE CLOSE HAS DIED OR WILL DIE SOON.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 11-24-1972

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LAY LOWS CATCH MEDDLERS: PEOPLE WHO ARE TOO CURIOUS OR MEDDLESOME
WILL BE CAUGHT.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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NAMES

GEDUNK OR GUIDUNK: } A NAME USED FOR A SNACKBAR ON A MILITARY }
INSTALLATION BY MEMBERS OF THE VARIOUS SEA GOING SERVICES. I HAVE
SEEN BOTH OF THESE SPELLING USED.

Submitter comment: I WAS PERFECTLY SERIOUS IN MY USE OF THIS TERM, AS IT IS COMMON
MILITARY SLANG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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GESTURE

IN EUROPE, WHEN A LARGE CROWD IS AT SOMETHING LIKE A SPORTING EVENT,
INSTEAD OF BOOING, THEY WHISTLE WHEN SHOWING DISPLEASURE WITH
SOMETHING OR SOMEBODY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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GESTURE

IN GREAT BRITAIN, IF A PERSON HOLDS A FIST AT YOU AND PUTS THE THUMB
STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR, HE IS SAYING THAT YOU'RE OK OR A GOOD GUY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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GREETING GAME

HELLO CHEST! (PAT ON CHEST ) GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK (PAT ON BACK )
HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN YEARS (PULL EAR), BUT STILL I NOSE YA!"
(PULL NOSE)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN (NOSE AND KNOWS)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES IT MEANS THAT MONEY IS CLOSE.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN MONEY IN A PAY CHECK
OR SOME OTHER SOURCE OF REGULAR INCOME.
BUT UNEXPECTED MONEY, WHICH COULD BE INHERETED OR DONATED.

Submitter comment: THESE ARE MEMORIES OF HOMELAND GERMANY
THE INFORMANT KNOWS OF SUPERSTITIOUS CUSTOMS BUT DOES NOT SHAPE
HER LIFE AROUND THEIR PREDICTIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BEAUTY SHOP ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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KNOCK}KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? BANANA. BANANA WHO? KNOCK KNOCK. WHO'S
THERE? BANANA. BANANA WHO? KNOCK KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? ORANGE. ORANGE
WHO? ORANGE YOU GLAD I DIDN'T SAY BANANA?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? ORANGE JUICE. ORANGE JUICE WHO? ORANGE
JUICE SORRY YOU MADE ME CRY?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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IF ANYBODY PUT A GARMENT ON HIND-SIDE TO,
INSIDE OUT, WRONG HAND, WRONG FOOT OR ARM,
IT MUST NOT BE REMOVED UNTIL ONE HAS THOUGHT
CLEARLY FOR TEN SECONDS AND MADE A WISH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID , " BELIEVE IT OR NOT TRADITION
IS SO STRONG, I STILL DO IT". TRADITION WAS FIRST
LEARNED IN ARCOLA, ILLINOIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BEAUTY SHOP ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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FORMULA SPEECH

IF A PERSON OF ITALIAN DESCENT IS ARGUING WITH A STUBBORN
PERSON IN ENGLISH, HE MAY SAY "CAPO D-CHUCCO" PRONOUNCED
(COP/DA/CHUCK), WHICH MEANS "YOU HAVE A HEAD LIKE A MULE."

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE INFORMANT USE THIS MANY TIMES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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