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Asking for money from a stranger and getting it can prove
to be rewarding for the man or woman who has given the
money out. For the reason being that "Good Luck" will
follow him or her for the rest of the day.

Submitter comment: My father seemed very optimistic when he was telling me
this story.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Keyword(s): money, green

James Callow Keyword(s): donor

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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A TONGUE WEIGHS PRACTICALLY NOTHING, YET IT'S HARD TO HOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-20-1987 ; 10-24-1987

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POLISH SAYING

LIVE, NOT DIE.
(ONE SAYS THIS TO SOMEONE WHO IS HAVING A GOOD TIME SO
THAT HE WILL NOT GET CARRIED AWAY.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

WHEN THERE ARE TWO COOKS THERE IS NOTHING.
(TOO MANY WORKING AT A JOB WILL SPOIL IT.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH CUSTOM FOR EPIPHANY

FOR EPIPHANY ONE WOULD GO TO CHURCH AND GET CHALK
AND INCENSE. WITH THE CHALK ONE WOULD WRITE ABOVE THE
DOORWAY TO ONE'S HOME THE NUMBER OF THE NEW YEAR AND THE
INITIALS OF THE THREE KINGS. IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS:
19 + K + M + B + 84
THIS STOOD FOR PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS IN THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH CUSTOMS FOR SAINT JOSEPH'S DAY

JOSEPH IS POLAND'S PATRON SAINT. ON HIS FEAST DAY WHICH
FALLS DURING LENT, THE PEOPLE WERE DISPENSED WITH THE
OBSERVENCE OF LENT. IT WAS A DAY OF RELIEF FROM THE
FASTING AND OTHER PRACTICES. IN AMERICA THE PEOPLE
OF POLISH DESCENT WEAR RED AND WHITE WHICH ARE POLAND'S
NATIONAL COLORS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 19 Feast of St. Joseph

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING IN RHYME

"STARDUSH NE ARDUSH"
OLD AGE ISN'T A PLEASURE

Submitter comment: I DON'T KNOW IF THE SPELLING OF THE POLISH IS CORRECT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

AS LIFE, SO DEATH.
(AS YOU LIVE, SO YOU WILL DIE.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

THE OX DOES NOT REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS A CALF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

AS JACOB TO GOD, SO GOD TO JACOB.
(AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

A COTTAGE POOR BUT CLEAN.

Submitter comment: THE POLISH ALWAYS HAVE A CLEAN, WELL KEPT HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

MOTHER'S VOICE IS GOD'S VOICE.
(MOTHER KNOWS BEST.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

EACH SCRAPES HIS OWN TURNIP.
(EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SAYING

TO AN OLD MAID EVEN HER HOUSE DRESS IS IN HER WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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POLISH SALUTATION

WHEN ONE MEETS A CLERIC OR NUN, ONE SAYS:
"PRAISED BE JESUS CHRIST."
THE PRIEST OR NUN THEN ANSWERS:
"FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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RUSSIAN TALE

THERE ONCE WERE SOME POOR PEOPLE; THE WIFE WAS
A SPINNER AND THE HUSBAND WAS A FISHERMAN.
ONE DAY THE HUSBAND CAUGHT A GOLDFISH. THE GOLDFISH
ASKED THE MAN TO LET HER GO. HE SAID THAT HE
WAS SO POOR HE HAD TO CATCH FISH.
THE GOLDFISH SAID, "LET ME GO AND THEN GO HOME AND
YOU WILL HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED."
SO THE FISHERMAN LET HER SWIM AWAY. FROM THEN ON
HE WOULD GO TO HER AND SHE GRANTED ALL HIS REQUESTS.
THE GOLDFISH KEPT GIVING AND GIVING UNTIL THE WIFE
HAD EVERYTHING SHE COULD THINK OF BUT SHE STILL WAS
NOT SATISFIED. THEN SHE ASKED THE GOLDFISH TO BE HER
SERVANT. THIS ANGERED THE GOLDFISH SO MUCH THAT SHE
FLIPPED HER TAIL AND SWAM AWAY FOREVER AND SHE TOOK
BACK EVERYTHING SHE HAD GIVEN THEM.

Submitter comment: TALE WAS LEARNED IN RUSSIA. IT WAS IN PROSE AS IT IS HERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT

AFTER PLAYING, SINGING AND DANCING ALL SUMMER THE
GRASSHOPPER FOUND HIMSELF FACING THE ONSET OF WINTER.
HE ASKED HIMSELF, "HOW WILL I SING ON AN EMPTY STOMACH?"
HE WAS VERY DISTRESSED AND HOPPED OVER TO AN ANT WHO
WAS GOING DOWN INTO HER HOLE FOR THE WINTER. HE ASKED
HER TO LET HIM INTO HER DWELLING AND GIVE HIM FOOD AND
WARMTH.
THE ANT SAID, "MY FRIEND, I WOULD BE ASHAMED TO TAKE
YOU IN SINCE YOU HAVEN'T WORKED ALL SUMMER."
THE GRASSHOPPER SAID, "OH YES, I WORKED--I SANG ALL
SUMMER."
BUT THE ANT SAID, "WELL YOU SANG ALL SUMMER, NOW YOU CAN
DANCE!"

Submitter comment: THIS TALE IS SIMILAR TO ONE TOLD IN AMERICA EXCEPT
THAT IN THAT ONE THE ANT HAS PITY ON THE GRASSHOPPER
AND TAKES HIM IN. THE GRASSHOPPER EARNED HIS KEEP BY
SINGING AND DANCING FOR THE ANT COLONY. IN THE RUSSIAN
VERSION WHICH I GAVE THE GRASSHOPPER IS GIVEN A SARCASTIC
ANSWER FROM THE ANT AND IS TURNED AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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RUSSIAN TALE

A WOLF RAN OUT OF THE FOREST INTO THE VILLAGE BECAUSE
HUNTERS, WORKERS AND DOGS WERE AFTER HIM. THE WOLF CAME
TO A CAT ON A FENCE AND IMPLORED HER TO HELP HIM:
"VASIL, MY FRIEND, WHICH MAN FROM THIS VILLAGE IS GOOD
ENOUGH TO HIDE ME? YOU HEAR THE DOGS BARKING. THAT
HORRIBLE NOISE! THAT IS ALL ABOUT ME!"
THE CAT SAID, "RUN FAST TO TRAFEMA, A VERY GOOD MAN."
BUT THE WOLF ANSWERED, "I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I
ATE HIS SHEEP."
THEN THE CAT SAID, "THEN GO TO SIMON, A VERY GOOD MAN."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I KILLED HIS COLT."
"THEN GO TO IVAN, A VERY GOOD MAN."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I STOLE HIS GOAT."
"WELL MAYBE KLEM WILL HIDE YOU."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I STOLE HIS PIGLET."
THEN THE CAT SAID, "I SEE YOU HAVE SALTED EVERYONE IN
THE VILLAGE. WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN YOU MUST NOW REAP.

Submitter comment: THE ORIGINAL WAS IN RHYME IN RUSSIAN.
IN THE TEXT, "SALTED" MEANS "AFFRONTED". "SALTING" REFERS
TO THE MEANS OF PRESERVING SLAUGHTERED GAME--THE MEAT
WAS SALTED. THE WOLF HAD SLAUGHTERED THE VILLAGERS'
ANIMALS, OR "SALTED" THEM. IT IS USED LOOSELY HERE--
HE SALTED THE PEOPLE, NOT THE ANIMALS.
ALSO, NOTE THAT THE LAST SENTENCE THE CAT SAYS IS REALLY
A QUOTE FROM THE BIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.620
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

IF YOU TALK TO A SMART PERSON
YOU WILL LOSE SOME BRAINS,
IF YOU TALK TO A FOOL
YOU WILL LOSE SOME BRAINS.

Submitter comment: WAS IN RHYME IN THE ORIGINAL RUSSIAN. LEARNED IN RUSSIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

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

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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RUSSIAN CUSTOM FOR PALM SUNDAY

ON PALM SUNDAY WE CUT BRANCHES FROM THE "PALM TREE"
WHICH WASN'T REALLY A PALM TREE, JUST A PATICULAR
TREE FOUND IN RUSSIA. WE DECORATED THE BRANCHES WITH
PAPER FLOWERS THAT WE MADE. THEN THE BRANCHES WERE TAKEN
TO CHURCH AND BLESSED BY THE PRIEST. THEN WE TOOK THEM
HOME AND PUT THEM IN VASES OR BEHIND ICONS.

Submitter comment: CUSTOM WAS LEARNED BY INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD
IN RUSSIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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