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MAN WITH A HOOK: TALE

JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON IS A PLACE WHERE COUPLES PARK TO TALK, AND
MANY COUPLES ARE USUALLY THERE IN THEIR CARS. ONE NIGHT ONLY ONE
CAR WAS THERE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT. THE COUPLE HAPPENED TO HEAR
ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMANTE OF AN ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND WAS IN
THE AREA. THE REPORT SAID THAT HE WAS MISSING A HAND AND HAD A
HOOK INSTEAD. JUST THEN THEY HEARD A NOISE OUTSIDE AND HURRIEDLY
LEFT THE SPOT. WHEN THEY REACHED THE GIRL'S HOUSE, THE BOY WENT
TO OPEN THE GIRL'S DOOR AND THERE WAS THE HOOK ON THE DOOR HANDLE
ON A BLOODY STUMP.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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NO GRASS ON THE GRAVE: TALE

THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF MY INFORMANT WAS ALLEGEDLY UNJUSTLY
ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE. HE SWORE HE WAS INNOCENT UP TILL
THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION NEAR BOSTON.
UNTIL THIS DAY, NO GRASS GROWS ON THAT GRAVE, THOUGH IT HAS BEEN
RE-SODDED SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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WAKE UP

IF YOU TALK NONSENSE, YOU WILL BE TOLD, "PUT OUT YOUR HAND
AND SEE IF YOU ARE IN."
TRANSLATION: YOU ARE DREAMING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SOURCE IS BOSTON, BUT HAS NO DATE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; BOSTON ; Massachusetts ; WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS AN ELEPHANT WITH A
RHINOCEROS.
ELLEPHINO

Where learned: Massachusetts ; CULVER ; ARGONNE BARRACKS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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BURIED IN THE SAND

SOME BOYS DECIDED TO PULL A JOKE ON A FRIEND AT THE
BEACH AND GAVE HIM SOME SLEEPING PILLS IN A DRINK TO
PUT HIM TO SLEEP. THEN THEY BURIED HIM IN THE SAND
AND PUT RAGS OVER HIS FACE SO THAT HE COULD BREATH.
LATER, THEY RETURNED AND THE WAVES HAD REARRANGED
THE SAND AND THEY COULDN'T FIND THEIR FRIEND. THEY
LOOKED AND LOOKED, BUT HE COULDN'T BE FOUND AND
THEY SAY HE'S STILL THERE SOMEWHERE.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): FATAL PRANK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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Throw salt over your left shoulder when entering a new
dwelling.

Submitter comment: The older folks in the family always told us: When we buy a
new house or are invited to spend the night at a friend's house,
before we go in we should throw some salt over our shoulder to
scare away any evil spirits that may be in the house.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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LOOK FOR THE FASTBALL, AND YOU'LL HIT THE CURVE. LOOK FOR THE CURVE,
AND YOU WON'T HIT THE FASTBALL.
I HAD STRUCK OUT TWICE ON CURVE BALLS IN MY FIRST GAME IN THE PONY
LEAGUE. MISTER QUINN NOTICED MY FAULT AND CORRECTED ME. LOOK FOR THE
FASTBALL, AND YOU'LL HIT THE CURVE. LOOK FOR THE CURVE, AND YOU
WON'T HIT THE FASTBALL.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): BASEBALL

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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MAN WITH A HOOK: TALE

JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON IS A PLACE WHERE COUPLES PARK TO TALK, AND
MANY COUPLES ARE USUALLY THERE IN THEIR CARS. ONE NIGHT ONLY ONE
CAR WAS THERE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT. THE COUPLE HAPPENED TO HEAR
ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMANTE OF AN ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND WAS IN
THE AREA. THE REPORT SAID THAT HE WAS MISSING A HAND AND HAD A
HOOK INSTEAD. JUST THEN THEY HEARD A NOISE OUTSIDE AND HURRIEDLY
LEFT THE SPOT. WHEN THEY REACHED THE GIRL'S HOUSE, THE BOY WENT
TO OPEN THE GIRL'S DOOR AND THERE WAS THE HOOK ON THE DOOR HANDLE
ON A BLOODY STUMP.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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NO GRASS ON THE GRAVE: TALE

THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF MY INFORMANT WAS ALLEGEDLY UNJUSTLY
ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE. HE SWORE HE WAS INNOCENT UP TILL
THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION NEAR BOSTON.
UNTIL THIS DAY, NO GRASS GROWS ON THAT GRAVE, THOUGH IT HAS BEEN
RE-SODDED SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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Proverb

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Submitter comment:

When I was working as well as going to school and didn't have any time for socializing.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cake ; GREED ; Hypocrite ; Maxim ; PARADOX ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

Put an egg in your shoe and beat it!

Submitter comment:

Spoken after a twenty minute argument with his cousin.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730.329] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

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

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Watch your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves.

Submitter comment:

I was having trouble making ends meet financially a few years ago, this advice helped a bit.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): COINS ; Dollars ; Finances ; Frugal ; MONEY ; Pennies ; THRIFT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Maxim

Your chances of succeeding are about equal to that of a snowball's in Hell.

Submitter comment:

When I was trying to figure out how I could finance a car in high school, so I discussed it with my Dad. A very short discussion. (see above!)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): CHANCE ; HELL ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SNOW ; Snowball ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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THIS IS ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING "JUMP IN THE LAKE."
BRODIE IS THE NAME OF THE MAN WHO SUPPOSEDLY JUMPED
OFF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE. IT WAS SAID IN A SARCASTIC
TONE:
GO TAKE A BRODIE.

Where learned: Massachusetts

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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DO YOU EAT WITH THAT MOUTH?

Submitter comment: THIS EXPRESSION IS USED AS A SUBTLE REBUKE TO SOMEONE
WHO IS USING LANGUAGE NOT NORMALLY USED IN POLITE
COMPANY.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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NOT GIVEN

THERE IS A PLACE IN LIBANON, NEW YORK, CALLED "LOVER'S LEAP."
AN INDIAN GIRL IN LOVE WITH A BRAVE FROM THE OTHER TRIBE LEAPED
TO HER DEATH WITH HIM BECAUSE THEIR RESPECTIVE TRIBES WERE AT
WAR AND WOULD NOT PERMIT THEM TO MARRY.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

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BELIEF

WHEN YOU DROP A FORK, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE COMPANY.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; LEOMINSTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 07-02-1973

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE NEW CEREAL "QUEERIOS?"
YOU POUR ON THE MILK AND THEY EAT THEMSELVES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD on 12-21-2010

Where learned: Massachusetts

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY ; Homophobia ; HOMOSEXUAL ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Off-Color ; Stereotype

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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It was a custom that during the wakes for the departed that
were always held at a house the women would sit in the living
room with the body and cry and pray while the men sat in the
kitchen. They (the men) would eat, drink and make merry.

Submitter comment: The informants' uncle learned to jig on the kitchen table at a
very young age at the wakes.
This is considered an Irish custom of that era.

Where learned: CAMBRIDGE ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): Dancing: Irish Jig

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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DIRTY OLD MAN: "TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS"
YOUNG LADY: "NO, I'LL SCREAM"
DIRTY OLD MAN: "HOW LOUD CAN YOU SCREAM?"
YOUNG LADY: "HELP:" (VERY FAINTLY)
DIRTY OLD MAN: "TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS"

Data entry tech comment:

updated on 12-2010 by TRD

Where learned: Massachusetts ; Framingham

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Rape ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): DIALOGUE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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