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Proverb

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Detroit, MI

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The question [Proves what?] is written next to the collector comment.

Original BN [S570] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Appreciation ; COMEBACK ; Generous ; GIFT ; Grateful ; Greedy ; HORSE ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; TEETH ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

Off the Cob.

Submitter comment:

A remark made after someone has expressed an inept idea or an idea lacking in social sophistication.

Informant heard this in Detroit, Michigan.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Cob ; COMEBACK ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language: Games

Pastime:

If you see another child with money you yell- "Butts on you." He then must share anything he buys with that money with you. However, when he pulls out his money, if he yells - "fan butts" first, then he doesn't have to share his purchases.

Submitter comment:

Bill used to play this as a child when he was given money, or if one of his friends was given money. He said it was common to yell this.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Miscellaneous grammar correction written on card.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Buy ; CHILDREN ; Currency ; Dollars ; GAME ; MONEY ; Own ; Ownership ; Pastime ; Purchase ; Share

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
SPEECH -- Formula

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TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR
TURN ALL AROUND
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR
TOUCH THE GROUND
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR
DO THE SPLITS
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR
CLIMB THE STAIRS
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR
SAY YOUR PRAYERS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DID THE COMMANDS IN THE SONG WHILE SHE
SUNG IT EVERY NIGHT BEFORE SHE WENT TO BED EACH
NIGHT WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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RIDDLE

LUKE HAD IT FIRST. PAUL HAD IT LAST. GIRLS HAVE IT ONCE. BOYS NEVER
HAVE IT. MISS SULLIVAN HAD IT TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE UNTIL SHE
MARRIED PAT MURPHY. THEN SHE NEVER HAD IT AT ALL.
THE LETTER "L".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CONATANTS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-07-1967

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PROVERB

AMBITION AND LOVE ARE THE WINGS TO GREAT DEEDS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN NORWALK, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DEFINITION

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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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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CONVERSION; TURNING AND SPITTING (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH YOU MUST TURN AROUND TEN TIMES AND
SPIT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE CAT TO GET RID OF THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.31

Date learned: 12-01-1971

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CONVERSION; SPIT (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

IF SOMEONE SWEEPS YOUR FEET WITH A BROOM
YOU MUST SPIT ON THE BROOM TO KEEP YOU FROM HAVING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): PREVENTION OF BAD LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 11-18-1971

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WISHBONE

WHEN TWO MAKE A WISH ON A WISHBONE,
THE ONE WHO GETS THE BIGGER END WILL GET MARRIED FIRST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S MOTHER, AND SHE
REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER CHILDHOOD IN ALABAMA.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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COACH SHADA

AT ST. JAMES HIGH SCHOOL IN FERNDALE, THERE IS A PORTRAIT OF
THE LATE COACH JOHN SHADA WHO PUT THE SCHOOL IN THE
TOP BRACKET OF ITS DIVISION FOR MANY YEARS, ACROSS FROM THE
TROPHY CASE. THE PASTOR TELLS PEOPLE IT IS THERE SO JOHN CAN
LOOK OVER HIS TROPHIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LIGHTNING BUG

IF YOU CATCH A LIGHTNING BUG
YOU CAN MAKE A WISH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND OF MINE, AND HE REMEMBERS
THIS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; FERNDALE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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HAVE YOUR MIND IN GEAR BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR MOUTH IN MOTION

Data entry tech comment: THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU SPEAK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): AUTOMOTIVE METAPHOR

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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STYE CURE

TO GET RID OF A STYE, YOU URINATE AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S FATHER, AND THIS WAS A BELIEF AMONG
THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH WHERE HE GREW UP.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 2 OTHER REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH (GERMAN)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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PLANTING CORN

ALWAYS PLANT CORN ON MARCH 17 TH, BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN THE MOON
IS RIGHT DOWN SOUTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S MOTHER, AND HER FATHER USED TO DO
THIS ON THEIR FARM IN ALABAMA.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 00001971 SPRING

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MONEY

WATCH THE PENNIES AND THE DOLLARS WILL TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S FATHER, AND HE REMEMBERS THIS FROM
AMONG THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH AS A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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COUNTING OUT

FOR EVERY WORD YOU POINT TO A DIFFERENT PERSON:
BLUE SHOE, BLUE SHOE, HOW OLD ARE YOU?
PERSON GIVES A NUMBER, AND YOU COUNT IT OUT. THE PERSON
WHO IS POINTED TO LAST IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DOES A FIREMAN WEAR RED SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO KEEP HIS PANTS UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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WHEN YOU RIDE OVER RAILROAD TRACKS IN A CAR, PUT YOUR
HANDS OVER YOUR HEAD, AND YOU'LL KEEP YOUR SWEETHEART.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND OF MINE, AND SHE REMEMBERS THIS
FROM HER CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Travel

Date learned: 00001971 SPRING

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PLACE

WHEN TOM WAS A LITTLE BOY, HE ALWAYS CALLED THE PACIFIC OCEAN
THE "SPECIFIC OCEAN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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