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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

HAPPY AS A DEAD PIG IN THE SUNSHINE.

Submitter comment: HEARD BY INFORMANT FROM OLDER MAN FROM ROCHMART, GEORGIA.
JAMES TRIBLE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; ROCKMART

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-11-1972

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Outhouse

It is an outside toilet. People used it as a toilet to
dispose of their waste and lasted five to seven years. The hole
in the ground was four feet square and five feet deep. The house
was eight feet tall that was made of wood and the floor was made
of concrete. This was not only a custom but a way of life.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Separate structure accessory to dwelling

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Bible Class on Wednesday

Bible Class was held during mid-week and generally known as a
mid-week service. Members attended this mid-week service so that
they could be taught the "Word of God," whereas Sunday was a day
of Worship.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): God

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 01001895 CA

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Rub your body down with vinegar when you have a fever to
reduce the fever.

James Callow comment: Salt and other ingredients are added to the vinegar in
Puckett, Ohio, nos. 9502, 9547.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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Don't eat "chittlings" (chitterlings) in the summer. This
would give you an upset stomach because too much pork in the
summer was not good for your health. "Chittlings are the
intestines of hogs.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

For eating pork only during months with an "R" in them, see
Puckett, Ohio, no. 6680.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): Chitlings ; FOOD ; Pork ; REGIONAL ; Seasonal ; Summer

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

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A male being the first person to enter your house on New
Year's Day would mean that you and your home would be blessed
with good fortune all year.

James Callow comment:

See Hand, North Carolina, nos. 3886, 3889-3890.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; Guest ; Home ; Host ; LUCK ; Male ; Man ; New Year ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

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Throwing salt over your shoulder was considered to be a cure
for bad luck.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 01001900 CA

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Putting your purse on the floor meant that you would never be
able to keep any money.

James Callow comment: Puckett, Ohio, no. 20178: "If you place your pocketbook on
the floor, you will have little money."

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 01001910 CA

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Religion (Baptist Church)

Religion means that you accept "Jesus Christ" as your
personal "Savior" and that you believe "He" died not only for
your sins but the sins of mankind.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): God

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Church

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When people stopped for funerals, this meant not only giving
respect to the deceased but to their family.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): DEATH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Marriage

This means the love that you have for your mate and the unity
and bond as being one. We sometime refer to this as "tieing-the-
knot".

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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People had funerals on Sunday following church services
because it was convenience for family and friends to attend.
Sunday was considered a day of worship; therefore they didn't
have to work.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 01001910 CA

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Smoke house

A smoke house was made of wood and approximately 10 feet
square. It was used to store meat because some people had no
knowledge or any way of freezing meat. People hung meat on
hooks, in the smoke house, to preserve it, to protect it, and
keep it from spoiling.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Food storage

Date learned: 01001900 CA

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Crackling Bread

Crackling was made from hog fat - you boiled the fat from a
hog and that made crackling. To made crackling bread you mixed
the boiled fat with corn meal, salt, baking powder and milk.
After all the ingredients were mixed together your baked it until
it was brown.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert Bread, rolls, etc.

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People used curtains as doors to separate rooms.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): Walls

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

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Canning foods

People canned vegetables and made preserves (jelly) from
fruit. They did this so that in the winter months they could eat
the food they had harvested in the summer.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

Date learned: 01001900 CA

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Joke

One time a man went before the judge for sentencing and the
judge gave the man ten years for the {crime?} that he had committed
and the man started laughing and told the judge, "Oh! Your Honor,
I can do that standing on my head," so the judge said "Oh! Well,
here is ten more years to get you back on your feet again."

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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Throw salt over your left shoulder to keep the jinks away.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

James Callow Keyword(s): jinx

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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If your nose itches on the left side it means a strange man is
coming to your house, but if your nose itches on the right side it
means a strange woman is coming to your house.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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After having a baby take a couple drops of milk from your
breast, place it on a brick and stick it in the oven and it will
help dry up the milk in a woman's breast.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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