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BREAD AND BUTTER

IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING ALONG TOGETHER
AND SOMETHING SEPARATES THEM, THEY MUST
SAY BREAD AND BUTTER OR THEY WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY FATHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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SHE IS DRESSED LIKE A RAW ONION.

Submitter comment: IF A WOMAN IS OVER DRESSES, THE FLEMISH SAY {THIS.}

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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SUCH A FRIDAY, SUCH A SUNDAY; WHETHER IT'S GOOD OR BAD.

Submitter comment: MISS VANNESTE LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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A SLEEPING SHRIMP WILL BE CARRIED AWAY IN THE CURRENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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IF THERE IS A HURRICAN IN THE AREA
TAKE BLESSED PALMS AND BURN THEM.
THIS ELIMINATES THE HURRICANE FROM HITTING
YOUR HOME. HOWEVER, EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD MUST
WITNESS THIS BURNING OF THE PALM.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY GRANDMOTHER AT THE AGE 8.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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LYRICAL VERSE- CHILDREN'S RHYME:

SPRING, SPRING, SPRING
THE BIRD IS ON THE WING.
ABSURD, ABSURD, ABSURD
THE WING IS ON THE BIRD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): ITERATION ; RHYME: AABB ; SATIRE OF IDIOM

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

Date learned: 03-23-1968

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I KNOW HOW MUCH I PAID FOR MY GRANDMOTHER BEFORE SHE WAS SOLD.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY MOTHER THIS SUMMER INTERPRETATION, (I CAN GIVE YOU MORE
ADVICE BECAUSE I'VE LIVED LONGER.)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): ADVISING

James Callow Keyword(s): WISDOM ASSUMED TO RESULT FROM AGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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TWO DAUGHTERS AND A MOTHER ARE THREE DEVILS TO THE FATHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): FAMILY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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WHAT IS FUN TO A LITTLE BOY IS DEATH TO A FROG.

Submitter comment: (THIS IS SAID TO CHILDREN WHEN THEY ANNOY YOU.)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09001967ALL U OF DETROIT

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HER GRANDFATHER SAID THAT WHEN YOU BLOW A CANDLE OUT
AND THE SMOKE IS LONG, YOU WILL HAVE A LONG LIFE; IF THE
SMOKE IS SHORT, YOU WILL HAVE A SHORT LIFE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PREDICTION

IF A PERSON TURNS QUICKLY WHILE PERFORMING A TASK AND SEES AN
IMAGINARY SHADOW, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE HAS DIED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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THERE IS A CERTAIN NIGHT IN THE SPRING,
THAT WHEN YOU HEAR A DOG HOWL,
THE NEXT MAN YOU SEE YOU ARE GOING TO MARRY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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WEATHER PREDICTION

"THERE WILL BE MUCH FRUIT ON THE FRUIT TREES, IF
IN THE MONTH OF MAY, THE SUN SHINES THROUGH THE LEAVES."

Submitter comment: MISS VANNESTE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FLEMISH MOTHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-28-1967

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PROVERB

GIVE THE BRAGGER THE BREAD, AS THE COMPLAINER ISN'T IN NEED.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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SAYING

GOOD APART IS GOOD TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY MOTHER THROUGHOUT MY CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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A CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS TIME, THE FAMILY OBTAINS AN UNCONSECRATED HOST. THE
OLDEST MEMBER TAKES A BITE OF THE HOST AND WISHES A HAPPY NEW
YEAR. HE OR SHE KISSES THE NEXT OLDEST, AND THIS IS PASSED DOWN
THE LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; RELIGION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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A POLISH CHRISTMAS

AT CHRISTMAS TIME EACH PERSON HAS AN UNCONSECRATED HOST WHICH IS
BROKEN IN HALF BY ANOTHER. AS THE PERSON BREAKS THE HOST,
THE ORIGINAL HOLDER OF THE HOST MAKES A WISH FOR THE ONE WHO
IS DOING THE BREAKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; RELIGION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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AT CHRISTMASTIME OR AT OTHER BIG
GATHERINGS, SOME UNLEAVEN BREAD IN
SHEETS IS ON THE TABLE. WHEN A
PERSON WALKS UP TO YOU WITH A
SHEET AND WISHES YOU VARIOUS
BENEFICIAL THINGS, YOU BREAK OFF
A PIECE OF BREAD FOR EACH WISH AND
EAT IT. THIS IS DONE IN POLISH COMMUNITIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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A CARROT FOR A REINDEER

THE YOUNGER CHILDREN IN HER FAMILY HANG A STRING FROM THE DOOR AT
CHRISTMAS TIME WITH A CARROT AT THE END FOR THE REINDEER TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD FOR ANIMALS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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Jump Rope Rhymes

CHRIS COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE
HE SAILED SO FAST HE LOST HIS PANTS
AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
HOW MANY MILES PER HOUR DID HE TRAVEL?

(ROPE SWINGS FASTER AS COUNT GOES UP.)

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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