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IRISH PROVERB

THE DAY OF THE WIND IS NOT THE DAY OF THE SCALLOP.

Submitter comment: SCALLOP REFERS TO TIGHTENING THE THATCH ON A ROOFTOP.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): FISH?

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CUSTOM

SATAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS CELEBRATE THEIR SABBATH IN THE FOUR
DIFFERENT SECTIONS OR COVENS OF THE WORLD AROUND THE SAME TIME
AS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CELEBRATES THE SEASONAL CHANGES. WE ALSO
HAVE A CEREMONY AT THE TIME OF THE BLOODY SABBATH OF SATAN.
ON THIS DAY ALL FOUR COVENS GET TOGETHER FOR A GOOD TIME OF
SACRIFICE, (A YOUNG PERSON)
ALL WHO HAVE BEEN DISOBEDIENT TO SATAN AND THE INSTALLMENT OF
NEW WITCHES.

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE ITEM

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Sacrificial rite for special occasion
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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SUPERSTITION

HAIRS, WHEN LEFT IN WATER, TURN TO WORMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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INVOCATION FOR ST. VALENTINE DAY

GOOD VALENTINE, BE KIND TO ME,
IN A DREAM LET ME MY TRUE LOVE SEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.0214
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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AGRICULTURAL PROVERB

MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.
MAKE LOVE WHILE THE MOON SHINES.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; INCREMENTAL REPITITION ; ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-09-1971

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PROVERB

AS UNPLANNED AS A HICCUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; INVOLUNTARY ; SPONTANEOUS REACTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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HOLY WATER

WHENEVER YOU DIP YOUR HAND INTO THE HOLY WATER DISH, YOU SHOULD
SHAKE THE EXCESS DROPS OFF BEFORE YOU MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.
EACH DROP THAT YOU SHAKE OFF QUENCHES THE THIRST OF ONE SOUL IN
PURGATORY. THAT SOUL THEN GOES TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO ME AS A BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person. She learned this in childhood.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

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

Date learned: 00001956 CHILDHOOD

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PROVERB

HE WHO CONQUERS HIMSELF, CONQUERS HIS ENEMY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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COUNTING OUT

IBBITY, BIBBITY, SIBBITY, SAB, IBBITY, BIBBITY, CANOBA.
ON THE "CANOBA," THE PERSON'S HAND WHO IS TOUCHED ON THAT
SYLLABLE IS TAKEN OUT, AND THE RHYME IS CONTINUED WITH THE
REMAINING HANDS UNTIL THERE ARE NO HANDS LEFT. THE
PERSON WHOSE HAND IS THE LAST TO REMAIN IS IT FOR WHATEVER
GAME YOU ARE PLAYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

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

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BRETON FISHERMEN'S PRAYER

DEAR GOD BE GOOD TO ME;
THE SEA IS SO WIDE,
AND MY BOAT IS SO SMALL.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN ITALIANS WANT TO MOTION YOU TO COME HERE--
THEY WAVE THEIR HAND IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION
AS AMERICANS (FROM BODY OUTWARDS).

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE DANDELION

O DANDELION, YELLOW AS GOLD,
WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?
I JUST WAIT HERE
IN THE TALL, GREEN GRASS,
TIL THE CHILDREN COME TO PLAY.

O DANDELION, YELLOW AS GOLD,
WHAT DO YOU DO ALL NIGHT?
I WAIT AND WAIT
TIL THE COOL DEW FALLS,
AND MY HAIR GROWS LONG AND WHITE.

AND WHAT DO YOU DO
WHEN YOUR HAIR IS WHITE
AND THE CHILDREN COME TO PLAY?
THEY TAKE ME UP
IN THEIR DIMPLED HANDS,
AND BLOW MY HAIR AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

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

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CHEER

OUR TEAM IS SO BIG,
YOUR TEAM IS SO SMALL,
(THEN EVERYONE STARTED STOMPING THEIR FEET.)

Submitter comment: CATHOLIC CENTRAL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GRAND RAPIDS ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival Custom Festival

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AN OLD GAELIC BLESSING

MAY THE ROADS RISE WITH YOU,
AND THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK;
AND MAY THE LORD HOLD YOU
IN THE HALLOW OF HIS HAND.

Data entry tech comment: HOLLOW?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): PRAYER BLESSING INDIRECTION

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

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AMERICANS WILL SAY "I SHAKE HANDS;" GERMANS WILL SAY
"ICH GEBE DIE HAND" WHICH MEANS "I GIVE THE HAND."

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITALIAN GESTURE

WHEN ITALIANS MEET AND GREET EACH OTHER, THEY KISS EACH
OTHER ON BOTH CHEEKS.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COMMON EUROPEAN GESTURE.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITALIAN GESTURE

WHEN ITALIANS PLACE THEIR POINTER FINGER IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE CHEEK, IT MEANS SOMETHING IS VERY 'CHIC.'
A SIGN OF APPROVAL.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- S601
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RUSSIAN FOOD

RUSSIANS LOVE ICE CREAM AND ALL OVER RUSSIA THEY HAVE LITTLE
CARTS WITH READY MADE CONES.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HAWAIIAN FOOD

THE HAWAIIANS EAT RAW SQUID. THEY CUT THE "INK BAG" OUT
OF THE SQUID AND POUND ITS HEAD UNTIL ITS TENACLES
CURL. THEY THEN USE THE INK TO COLOR THE SQUID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 04-08-1971

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