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Saying

Pull the latch string in or let it hang out

Submitter comment:

A saying or sign coming from the pioneers indicating whether a person or a thought is welcome within.

Ran across this while reading a book called The Well Springs of Truth  published in 1883 by the Nashville publishing Company. Written by W.W. Breese MD.

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Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

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Otiginal BN [V400, S500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: BOOK ; The Well Springs of Truth ; Nashville Publishing Company

Keyword(s): Language ; Latch ; Saying ; SIGN ; SLANG ; String ; Welcome

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Elves

Idea tht elves come in when no one is about to do household chores, etc. -Ireland

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Chores ; Clean ; Cultural ; Domestic ; Elves ; ETHNIC ; FANTASY ; IRELAND ; MYTH ; REGIONAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Expression

Once in a blue moon.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Blue ; Expression ; Language ; METAPHOR ; MOON ; Rarely ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Legend

Legend of Davey Crockett:

The West was a rich source of tall tales of a man such as Davey Crockett, the country boy/indian fighter elected to Congress. In washington, he told tall tales about his Western days"...killed himself a bear when he was only three."

Tales such as these have become legends.

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bear ; Congress ; Davey Crockett ; INDIAN ; Legend ; TALL TALE ; Wild West

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

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Environmental Factor

Product of Environmental Factor:

Making a snowman

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Build ; ENVIRONMENT ; Product ; Snowman

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material

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Environmental Factor

Product of Enviromental Factor:

Making a sand castle

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Build ; Castle ; ENVIRONMENT ; Product ; Sand

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Clay

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Environmental Factor

Product of Environmental Factor:

Making a scarecrow for vegetable garden.

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; ENVIRONMENT ; Farm ; Scarecrow ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Weaving material For costuming in dance or drama, see C484. Flax Hemp Jute

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Environmental Factor

Background and Environmental Factors:

Mitten Mountain, Montana - rare name - named because of a fire scar causing the shape of a mitten.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; American Place Names

Keyword(s): Background ; Environmental ; ETYMOLOGY ; FIRE ; Mitten ; Montana ; MOUNTAIN ; Nickname ; Scar ; SHAPE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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Environmental Factor

Background and Environmental Factors:

Bottle Pinnacle, Wyoming - rare name - named for its shape.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; American Place Names

Keyword(s): Background ; Bottle ; ENVIRONMENT ; ETYMOLOGY ; Nickname ; Pinnacle ; REGIONAL ; SHAPE ; Topographical ; Wyoming

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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Expression

To Feather Your Nest means to make your life comfortable.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Comfortable ; Expression ; Feather ; Language ; LIFE ; Nest ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

Gesundheit and God Bless You when you sneeze.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Expressions ; GERMAN ; Gezundheit ; God Bless ; Language ; SNEEZE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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A HAIRY CHILD WILL BECOME A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Beautiful ; BELIEF ; CHILD ; Hairy ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION ; Woman

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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MEASURING WORM

IF THERE HAPPENS TO BE A MEASURING WORM ON YOUR DRESS, THIS MEANS
YOU WILL GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Prediction / Divination
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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IF YOU DROP A PIECE OF FLAT-WEAR (TABLE SILVER) YOU ARE
GOING TO HAVE COMPANY.

Submitter comment: HE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE HE HAD HEARD IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 00001968 SUMMER

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JUDY FRANK CLAIMED THAT THERE IS A GHOST LIVING ON GILLETTE 4TH
FLOOR. ON TWO OCCASIONS THIS FOLLOWING UNEXPLAINABLE
PHENOMENON TOOK PLACE:
JUDY SAID THAT A YEAR BEFORE (1967) SHE HAD BEEN VISITING
A GIRL IN HER ROOM AND THEN SHE LEFT IT AND WENT BACK TO HER
OWN ROOM. ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER SHE RETURNED TO THE FIRST
ROOM AND KNOCKED ON THE DOOR LIKE SHE ALWAYS DID (A PARTICULAR
KNOCK WHICH IS VERY COMMON: DA DADA DA DA (PAUSE) DA DA)
AND SHE HEARD HER FRIEND SAY "COME IN." SHE TRIED THE
DOOR AND IT WAS LOCKED, SO SHE KNOCKED AGAIN, THIS TIME
LEAVING OFF THE LAST "DA DA" WHICH SHE HEARD SOMEONE TAP OUT
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR. SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HER
FRIEND PLAYING AROUND WITH HER. SO SHE DECIDED TO KEEP
PLAYING. SHE'D KNOCKED THAT COMMON LITTLE KNOCK AND ALWAYS
LEFT OFF THE LAST "DA DA" AND SHE'D HEAR THOSE LAST "DA DA'S"
COME FROM THE OTHER SIDE. FINALLY THE GIRL OPENED THE DOOR
FOR JUDY. JUDY SAID TO HER THAT IT WAS ABOUT TIME SHE OPENED
IT AND STOPPED PLAYING AROUND. THE OTHER GIRL DIDN'T KNOW
WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT. JUDY ASKED HER IF IT WAS NOT SHE
WHO FINISHED THE "DA DA'S" AND THE GIRL SAID "NO." THEN THEY
BOTH GOT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR AND KNOCKED WITHOUT
FINISHING. THE DOOR RAPPED "DA DA" BACK. JUDY AND HER
FRIEND THOUGHT THERE MUST BE AN EXPLANATION. THEY WALKED
IN THE ROOM IN SEARCH OF SOMEONE HIDING, BUT THERE WASN'T
ANYONE. THEY WENT OUTSIDE THE CLOSED DOOR AND KNOCKED AGAIN
AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED. THEY GOT OTHERS TO WITNESS IT.
THE DOOR WOULD KNOCK ALL NIGHT BUT NEVER DID AGAIN. JUDY
NOW BELIEVES IN GHOSTS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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YOU CAN'T SEW A GARMENT THAT IS ON YOUR BODY UNLESS YOU CHEW
SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU ARE ALIVE, SINCE THE ONLY TIME CLOTHES
SEWED ON YOUR BODY IS WHEN YOU ARE DEAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): FUNERAL PREPARATION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 04-22-1969

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WHEN YOU SNEEZE, YOU'RE DEAD FOR A SECOND, AND THAT'S WHY
PEOPLE SAY "GOD BLESS YOU."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Sneeze (also see P477)
SPEECH -- Formula

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BELIEF

TO FRIGHTEN OFF BIRDS FROM YOUR GARDEN, PLACE A
LENGTH OF GARDEN HOSE IN IT AND THEY WILL THINK
IT'S A SNAKE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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POPULAR SAYING

WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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FOLK SPEECH

A WATCHED POT NEVER BOILS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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