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PUN

IF I WERE A TREE, I WOULD LEAVE THIS PLACE AND BRANCH OUT INTO
ANOTHER FIELD.

Submitter comment: JOE SAYS THIS WHEN HE IS DISGUSTED AND WHEN HE WOULD LIKE JUST TO
DROP EVERYTHING HE IS DOING AND LEAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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PROVERB

LIFE IS LIKE A FAN. IT SUCKS ON ONE SIDE AND BLOWS ON THE OTHER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS JOE'S FAVORITE SAYING, HE CLAIMS IT'S THE STORY OF EVERYONE'S
LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

"HOP-ALONG CASSIDY, HOW ABOUT A DATE? MEET YOU AT THE CORNER
HALF-PAST EIGHT. I CAN DO THE RUMBA, I CAN DO THE SPLITS, I CAN
LIFT MY SKIRT UP, JUST LIKE THIS".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

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NURSERY RHYME

I HAVE A DOG WHOSE NAME IS SPORT. HIS LEGS ARE LONG AND HIS TAIL
IS SHORT, HIS EYES ARE BROWN, HIS NOSE IS BLACK, I THREW A BALL
AND HE BROUGHT IT BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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NURSERY RHYME

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY,
I WASHED MY MAMMY'S DISHES
AND PUT MY FINGER IN MY EYE
AND PULLED OUT GOLDEN FISHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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LYRIC

"TODAY'S THE DAY WE GIVE BABIES AWAY
WITH EVERY POUND OF TEA.
IF YOU KNOW ANY LADIES,
WHO WANT ANY BABIES,
JUST SEND THEM AROUND TO ME".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME (SLANT) ; SLANT RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Birth
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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METHOD OF CURING

TO CURE A COLD, USE AN ONION "POLTIST". BOIL ONIONS IN A LITTLE WATER
TAKE OUT OF WATER, CRUSH, PUT IN TOWEL AND APPLY TO CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): POULTICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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REMEDY

THE NATURAL REMEDY FOR DOGS WITH A STOMACH ACHE IS GRASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

TAKE A MILKWEED AND BREAK IT IN HALF AND SPREAD THE MILK ALL
OVER THE WART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

THE OWNER OF THE WART IS TO GO TO KENTUCKY TO SEE THE LADY WHO CHARMS
WARTS OFF. SHE TIES A STRING AROUND EACH WART, CAREFULLY REMOVES
THE STRING (BEING SURE TO PRESERVE THE FRAME OF EACH WART). NO ONE
KNOWS JUST WHAT SHE DOES WITH THE STRING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

HAVE SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN THEIR OWN FATHER, BLOW INTO THE
BABY'S MOUTH AND THE ASTHMA WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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METHOD OF CURING

CHEWING TOBACCO WILL REDUCE A FEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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UKRAINIAN CUSTOM

ALL FOOD TO BE EATEN ON EASTER WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO THE CHURCH
TO BE BLESSED BY THE PRIEST. BLESSING OF THE FOOD TOOK PLACE ONLY ON
EASTER AND NO OTHER HOLIDAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER. SHE NEVER PRACTICED THIS
CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): SWIECZONKA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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A CURE FOR PIMPLES

FOR FACIAL BLACKHEADS AND PIMPLES,
SMEAR FRESH TOMATO JUICE ON FACE
BEFORE RETIRING, AND LEAVE IT ON ALL NIGHT.
THE ACID IN THE TOMATO JUICE
WILL COMBAT THE POISON.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT OBTAINED THIS INFORMATION FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ASTRINGENT ; FOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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PROVERB

COURTSHIP IS BLISS;
MATRIMONY IS BLISTER

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HER FATHER USED THIS SAYING WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE
IN 1904.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

An Old Saying:

An idle mind is the devil's workshop.

Submitter comment:

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

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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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Language

A Tongue Twister:

I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, a well be slitted sheet was it. [sic]

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S260] crossed out / replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; JOKE ; Language ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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MY FRIEND AS A CHILD, BIT HER NAILS
UNTIL HER FATHER TOLD HER THAT THE NAILS
WOULD MAKE BUMPS ON HER STOMACH THAT WOULD SHOW
FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; NAILBITING ; STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IF YOU REALLY WANT TO FIND TROUBLE, COMPLAIN FOR NOTHING AND THAT
WILL MAKE TROUBLE AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER, NELLY CARPE SAID THIS WHEN INFORMANT WAS A CHILD
INFORMANT CLAIMED HER GRANDMOTHER ALSO SAID THIS TO HER MOTHER,
NELLY CARPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

James Callow Keyword(s): CIRCULAR REASONING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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MEDICINE

FOR ARTHRITIS A FRIEND OF MINE KNOWS A PERSON WHO STICKS
NEEDLES IN HIS JOINTS AND APPLIES HEAT THROUGH THE NEEDLES
USING AN ELECTRIC CURRENT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES IT COULD WORK BUT HAS NEVER TRIED IT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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