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WHEN I'M DEAD AND IN MY GRAVE,
NO MORE WHISKEY SHALL I CRAVE,
FOR ON MY TOMBSTONE SHALL BE WROTE,
MANY A QUART'S WENT DOWN MY THROAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; METER: ANAPESTIC DIMETER ; MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN EPITAPH EUPHEMISM ; POOR GRAMMAR ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

CHILDREN LIKE WATCHES MUST NOT BE CONSTANTLY WOUND UP- YOU
MUST LET THEM RUN.

Where learned: GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): FUNCTION (EXPLICIT)

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-25-1971

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SUPERSTITION

SQUEAKING SHOES MEAN THEY ARE NOT PAID FOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet

Date learned: CA00001972

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WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU A SOB-STORY YOU RUB YOUR INDEX
FINGER AND THUMB TOGETHER AND ASK THEM IF THEY KNOW
WHAT IT MEANS. THEN YOU TELL THEM THAT IT'S THE
WORLD'S SMALLEST VIOLIN PLAYING "MY HEART BLEEDS
FOR YOU."

Where learned: GARDEN CITY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ADVENT CUSTOM

THE ADVENT WREATH. THERE ARE FIVE CANDLES: THREE PURPLE, ONE PINK
AND ONE WHITE. EACH CANDLE DENOTES (EXCEPT THE CENTRAL WHITE ONE)
1000 YEARS. THE CIRCLE FORM DENOTES THE ETERNITY OF GOD, WITHOUT
BEGINNING OR END; THE GREEN SPEAKS OF GROWTH; THE FOUR CANDLES
ARE THE AGES "SITTING IN DARKNESS AND IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.1000

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

F-A-C-E.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN MY MUSIC CLASS TO HELP REMEMBER THE NOTES
CORRESPONDING TO THE SPACES ON THE STAFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

AM, IS, ARE, DO, DID, CAN, COULD.
WAS, WERE, BE, WILL, WOULD, SHALL, SHOULD.
HAS BEEN, HAVE BEEN, MAY, MIGHT, MUST.

Submitter comment: MY BROTHER LEARNED THIS LITTLE RHYME TO REMEMBER HIS HELPING VERBS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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NOT GIVEN

FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT OF THE GERMAN ARMIES, THE ALLIES AIRDROPPED
SOME FOOD PARCELS MARKED "GIFT" TO THE STARVING CIVILIANS. THE
PEOPLE DID NOT TOUCH IT, FOR "GIFT" IN GERMAN MEANS "POISON."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS WHILE IN FRANCE, 1945.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY ; FRANCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War

Date learned: 11-25-1971 ; 00001945 CA

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NOT GIVEN

FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT OF THE GERMAN ARMIES, THE ALLIES AIRDROPPED
SOME FOOD PARCELS MARKED "GIFT" TO THE STARVING CIVILIANS. THE
PEOPLE DID NOT TOUCH IT, FOR "GIFT" IN GERMAN MEANS "POISON."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS WHILE IN FRANCE, 1945.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY ; FRANCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War

Date learned: 11-25-1971

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LEGEND

WHILE ON MY WAY TO DANCE CLASS ONE EVENING, I NOTICED A DOLL IN THE
PICTURE WINDOW OF A HOUSE. NOT THINKING ANYTHING OF IT, IMENTIONED
IT TO MY GIRLFRIEND. SHE WAS AMAZED THAT I HAD NEVER HEARD THE STORY
ABOUT THE LITTLE GIRL THAT ONCE LIVED IN THE HOUSE. IT IS BELIEVED
THAT ONE EVENING THE GIRL WAS PLAYING IN THE DRIVEWAY AND THAT NOT
SEEING HER, THE FATHER RAN OVER HER AND KILLED HER. THE MOTHER OF
THE CHILD WENT CRAZY AND NOW BELIEVES THE DOLL TO BE HER DAUGHTER.
SHE TAKES CARE OF THE DOLL IN WAYS THAT A MOTHER WOULD TAKE CARE
OF A CHILD. SHE EVEN GOES SO FAR AS TO DRESS THE DOLLUP FOR
SPECIAL OCCASIONS SUCH AS CHRISTMAS AND HALLOWEEN.

Submitter comment: THE HOUSE IS ON OUTER DRIVE IN DEARBORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, AND PLUMS.
TELL ME WHEN YOUR BIRTHDAY COMES.
JUNE. J-U-N-E SPELLS JUNE AND YOU ARE NOT IT.

Submitter comment: COUNTER SPELLS OUT MONTH GIVEN BY PERSON LANDED ON. REPEAT THIS
PROCEDURE UNTIL ONE PERSON IS LEFT. THAT PERSON IS "IT".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

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NOT GIVEN

FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT OF THE GERMAN ARMIES, THE ALLIES AIRDROPPED
SOME FOOD PARCELS MARKED "GIFT" TO THE STARVING CIVILIANS. THE
PEOPLE DID NOT TOUCH IT, FOR "GIFT" IN GERMAN MEANS "POISON."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS WHILE IN FRANCE, 1945.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRD ; Flock ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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FRIDAYS

EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT, CATHOLICS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT MEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: CA00001980

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES IT MEANS COMPANY IS COMING.
IF BOTH YOUR NOSE AND YOUR EAR ITCH, THEY WILL BE IN A BAD MOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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EGG WHITE RAW IN MILK IS GOOD FOR CHEST PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-22-1971

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Proverb

Figures don't lie but Liars can figure.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): Deduce ; Figure ; Liar ; Lie ; MATHEMATICS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

What you don't know won't hurt you

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): IGNORANCE ; Insight ; Intelligence ; Knowledge ; WISDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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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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