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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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FOLK BELIEF

IF A WOMAN CAN SET A GOOD FIRE, SHE'LL MAKE A GOOD WIFE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; ARDEN

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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MR. PRINGLE HAS A FISHING CAMP WHERE WE GO ON OCCASIONS TO
"GET AWAY FROM IT ALL." ONE DAY WE GOT TO TALKING ABOUT
BUILDING A CABIN ON OUR OWN LAKE ABOUT THREE MILES AWAY.
ONE OF OUR PROBLEMS IS LOCATING WATER NEAR WHERE WE WANT
THE CABIN. "DON'T WORRY," SAYS JACK THORNTON, AN OLD TIME
RESIDENT, "WHEN THE TIME COMES, I'LL FIND YOU ALL THE
WATER YOU WANT." IT TURNED OUT THAT HE WAS A "WATER WITCH."
"AND SO MAY YOU BE," HE SAYS. HE WENT AND CUT A BRANCH FROM AN
APPLE TREE (IT COULD JUST AS WELL HAVE BEEN WILLOW, HE TOLD
US). HE WALKED AROUND WITH THAT FORKED BRANCH, AND SURE
ENOUGH, IT TURNED DOWN. WHEN I TRIED IT, NOTHING HAPPENED,
SO HE WALKED BEHIND ME, WITH HIS HANDS COVERING MINE.
PRETTY SOON, THAT OLD BRANCH STARTED STRAINING AND I COULDN'T
KEEP IT FROM TURNING. I NEVER DID GET VERY GOOD AT IT
MYSELF, BUT MY HUSBAND COULD REALLY MAKE IT TWIST. THE
OLD MAN SAYS HE NOT ONLY CAN FIND THE LOCATION OF WATER, BUT
CAN ESTIMATE VERY CLOSELY HOW FAR DOWN YOU HAVE TO GO TO
GET IT.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; ARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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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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THE DEVIL BEATING HIS WIFE--WHEN THE SUN SHINES AND IT'S
RAINING AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Keyword(s): SATAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-25-1969

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A CIRCLE AROUND THE MOON MEANS IMPENDING BAD WEATHER.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-25-1969

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RED IN THE MORNING, A SAILOR'S WARNING;
RED IN THE EVENING, A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-25-1969

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IF YOU SEE A HAZY CIRCLE AROUND THE MOON, COUNT THE NUMBER
OF STARS WITHIN THE CIRCLE TO INDICATE THE NUMBER OF DAYS
UNTIL A FALLING WEATHER WILL OCCUR.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-26-1969

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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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THERE IS A QUILT PATTERN SHAPED LIKE A CROSS. WHEN YOU DO
SOMETHING WRONG OR SIN, YOU CAN PUT IT ON YOUR BED AND
YOUR SINS WILL BE WASHED AWAY.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

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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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BELIEF

AFTER PULLING A CHILD'S FIRST TOOTH, PUT IT UNDER HIS PILLOW AT
NIGHT. THE FAIRY WILL LEAVE HIM MONEY.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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PROVERB

YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS AND YOU CAN'T BREAK
AN OLD DOG FROM OLD TRICKS.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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PROVERB

YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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