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EENY, MEENY, SLIPERY DIG,
DEELIA, DOLIA, DOMINIG,
HOCHIE, POCHIE, DOMINOCHIE,
CHI CHA CHOO
IGGLY BIGGLY BOO
AND OUT GOES YOU
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RHYME FOR DESIGNATING WHO IS "IT" IN A GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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GAME VERSE

WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK, A PERSON COUNTS TO 100 AND
THEN CHANTS:
APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PI,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER I.

Submitter comment: IF A PERSON IS NOT HIDDEN YET, HE YELLS "I" AND THE PERSON
WHO IS IT HAS TO COUNT OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, ORE.

Submitter comment: ALL MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN A GAME HOLD OUT THEIR HANDS--
CLENCHED IN FISTS. ONE MEMBER TAKES HIS RIGHT FIST AND
WHILE SAYING THE RHYME, HITS EACH OTHER FIST IN TURN.
THE PERSON WHOSE FIST IS CALLED "ORE" REMOVES IT FROM
THE CIRCLE. WHEN BOTH FISTS OF ONE PERSON HAVE BEEN
ELIMINATED, HE PERSON IS OUT. THE LAST PERSON WITH
ONE FIST LEFT IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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TWO LEGS SAT ON THREE LEGS
WITH ONE LEG IN HIS LAP.
IN COMES FOUR LEGS
AND RUNS AWAY WITH ONE LEG.
UP JUMPS TWO LEGS;
CATCHES UP WITH THREE LEGS,
THROWS IT AFTER FOUR LEGS
AND MAKES HIM BRING BACK ONE LEG.
ONE LEG = LEG OF MEAT; TWO LEGS = A MAN; THREE LEGS = A STOOL;
FOUR LEGS = A DOG.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BE WHAT YOU IS, NOT WHAT YOU IS NOT. FOR THEY WHO ARE WHAT
THEY IS THE HAPPIEST BET.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK
IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD?
A WOODCHUCK WOULD CHUCK AS MUCH AS HE WOULD CHUCK
IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD.

Submitter comment: TONGUE TWISTER

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.532
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU SHIVER WHEN IT'S NOT COLD, IT MEANS THAT WHEN YOU ARE
DEAD, A GOOSE WILL WALK OVER YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Chills, shivering

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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If you say a prayer to St. Anthony when you lose something,
he will help you to find it.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Leisner really believes this to be true. Many times
as a young girl I witnessed my mother performing this
ritual, and even now we always know when she has lost
something when we hear her say "St. Anthony help me!"

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): intercession

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001930S

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PUT A SILVER DOLLAR IN A BOWL
OF BLACK-EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S
DAY. WHOEVER GETS THE SILVER PIECE WITH HIS PEAS WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK ALL YEAR.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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WHEN YOU SEE A GREY MULE, LICK THE TIP OF YOUR RIGHT INDEX
FINGER, TOUCH THE PALM OF YOUR LEFT HAND, AND THEN STAMP THE
SPOT WITH YOUR RIGHT FIST FOR GOOD LUCK. MY MOTHER, SHE'S
ALWAYS SAID THIS.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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I (SIC) THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT'S RAINING THAT'S A SIGN THE DEVIL
IS BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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IF THE GROUNDHOG COMES OUT HIS HOLE ON FEBRUARY FIRST AND THEN
GOES RIGHT BACK IN THAT MEANS THERE'LL BE SIX MORE WEEKS OF
WINTER. I'VE HEARD THIS EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. MY DATES
TO --- ARE 1951-1973.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SLEEP STRENGTHENS THE BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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SUNSHINE THE CALF.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SENT ALL TO ME ON REQUEST

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS COSMOS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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A GIRL SHOULD NEVER WASH HER HAIR DURING HER PERIOD.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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Mnemonic Device

The following sentence has been used in grade schools in aiding the memory of spelling arithmetic: A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream.

Submitter comment:

During the informant's grade school years (1961-3) at Beard School in Detroit this mnemonic device was used.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

BN V300 was chosen because of previous entries and classifications with this exact mnemonic device.

James Callow comment:

The original BN [C534] is crossed out and the word Mnemonic is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Arithmetic ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; SCHOOL ; SPELLING

James Callow Keyword(s): Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Superstition: Animals

If a household lizard falls into the soup and the soup is accidently eaten, the person will develop scales on his body.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Consume ; CURSE ; Eat ; FOOD ; Lizard ; PET ; REPTILE ; Soup ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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NURSING BELIEF

IF TWO MOTHERS ARE NURSING THEIR BABIES IN THE SAME ROOM, ONE
WILL "STEAL" THE OTHER'S MILK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BABY ; Breastfeeding ; infant ; Milk ; MOTHER ; Nursing ; Steal ; Supply

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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PLANT BELIEF

IF A PLANT THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY A FRIEND DIES, THEN
THE FRIENDSHIP DIES, TEND BOTH WELL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Botany ; DEATH ; fortune ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; PLANT ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; HOMEOPATHIC ; Positive

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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