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Superstition: Sports

Winning Streak:

It was believed to be bad luck to wash your athletic socks during a winning streak. If the coach made you wear clean ones, you always wore your dirty ones underneath those so as not to jinx the team.

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Original BN [P500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Coach ; FATE ; GAME ; jinx ; LUCK ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION ; Win ; Winning Streak

James Callow Keyword(s): Reference

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

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Proverb

An Old Saying:

An idle mind is the devil's workshop.

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Sister claims to have heard this from her novice mistress in 1948.

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

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Saint Frederick Convent ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): DEVIL ; LAZY ; Mind ; Weakness

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Toast

May I never be above you / May I never be beneath you / May I always be on the level with you.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Above ; Beneath ; DRINKING ; Level ; Relation ; Social ; TOAST

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

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Occupational Saying

A farmboy, in the hills of Maryland, when asked to do a favor, once gave this reply: "Might as well, can't dance, too wet to plow, too windy to haul rocks, corn's all in, chickin's been fed."

 

Where learned: MARYLAND ; Frederick

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.550

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