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IF YOUR EYE JUMPS SOMETHING HAPPENS THAT YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE
PLEASED. SOMETHING HAPPEN TO SOMEBODY IN THE FAMILY--WHEN
PUMPKIN AND HER HUSBAND NOT GETTING ALONG--I KNOW IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): MUSCLE TIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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LOUISE: IF NOSE ITCHING, SOMEONE'S COMING.
ANN: AGAIN.
LOUISE: ON RIGHT SIDE, I BELIEVE IT'S FOR A WOMAN AND THE
LEFT SIDE FOR A MAN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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ANN: ABOUT ARTHRITIS AND THE WEATHER.
LOUISE: WHEN IT'S GONNA RAIN, IT ACHES AND HURTS. AS LONG
AS THE WEATHER'S FAIR, IT DON'T ACHE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Pains

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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THEN IF THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET ITCH, YOU'RE GOING TO
WALK ON A STRANGE LAND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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ANN: TELL ME WHAT YOU SAW THE OTHER DAY.
BRUCE: SIM KILLED A SMALL COPPERHEAD THE OTHER DAY AND HE
SAID IT WOULDN'T DIE UNTIL SUNSET. HE ALSO SAID, TO HANG A
SNAKE ON THE FENCE AND IT WILL RAIN. AND HE SAID IT IN
JOKING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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MARY: IF YOU'VE EVER HAD A BROKEN BONE AND IT ACHES, YOU KNOW
THERE IS TO BE A DEFINITE CHANGE IN THE WEATHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Pains

Date learned: 07-12-1968

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IF YOU DON'T STOP PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD, I'LL GIVE YOU SOMETHING
TO CRY ABOUT.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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STAY AWAY FROM UNCOOKED MEAT OR YOU"LL GET WORMS.

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

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LITTLE PITCHERS HAVE BIG EARS (SAID WHEN KIDS WEREN'T SUPPOSED
TO HEAR)

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-03-1987

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EAT YOUR FOOD, REMEMBER THE POOR STARVING PEOPLE IN AFRICA.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-03-1987

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FISH LIKE COMPANY BEGIN TO SMELL AFTER THREE DAYS.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-03-1987

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I DARE YOU (REALLY DARING SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING)
I DOUBLE DARE YOU
I TRIPLE DARE YOU
(YOU ARE REALLY PUTTING THE PERSON ON THE LINE.) THIS MEANS THAT
YOU EITHER DO SOMETHING DARED TO YOU OR YOU ARE CONSIDERED A COWARD.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-03-1987 ; 10-03-1987

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NEVER KEEP A CAT WITH A NEW BORN BABY FOR IT WILL SUCK THE
BREATH OUT OF THE BABY.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-03-1987

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AN ITCHY LEFT HAND MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE BAD LUCK.
AN ITCHY RIGHT HAND MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET MONEY.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

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THE HOUSE OF CHIN LIN FU (THE DOG WHO WE HOUSESAT FOR)

WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I WERE FIRST MARRIED AND WERE LIVING ON AN ESTATE
IN THE GATEHOUSE, WE FOUND THE HOUSE THAT WE WERE LIVING IN WAS
HAUNTED. WE GOT THE HOUSE RENT FREE BECAUSE A VICIOUS DOG LOVED ME.
ONE NIGHT THE WIND WHISTLED THROUGH THE TREES AND I WAS PREGNANT
AT THE TIME AND THE DOG SAT GUARDING THE HOUSE ON THE FRONT PORCH,
WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE DOG BEGAN TO HOWL AND THE FUR ON HIS COAT
STOOD STRAIGHT UP ON END, AND THE CURTAINS BEGAN TO BLOW VIGOROUSLY
AND A LOUD MOANING NOISE SCARED ME SO THAT I SCREAMED AT THE TOP OF
LUNGS AND CLIMBED THE STAIRS FOUR STEPS AT A TIME, PREGNANT OR NOT.
MY HUSBAND HEARD ME SCREAMING ALL THE WAY UP STAIRS WHERE HE WAS
TAKING A BATH AND HE ALSO HEARD THE MOANING AS IF THERE WAS A
GHOST IN THIS HOUSE. HE CLIMBED OUT OF THE BATHTUB AND RAN DOWN
THE STAIRS IN HIS BIRTHDAY SUIT AND GRABBED A KNIFE FROM THE KITCHEN
AND RAN OUT ON THE PORCH. SINCE THIS WAS AN ESTATE AND COMPLETELY
SURROUNDED BY TREES, NO ONE SAW HIM. I DID NOT LOOK FOR I WAS VERY
FRIGHTENED. HE RAN AROUND IN THE ALTOGETHER LOOKING AND WAVING
THE KNIFE AND WHATEVER WAS OUT THERE HOWLING COMPLETELY STOPPED AND
THE HOUSE BECAME COMPLETELY QUIET AGAIN. WHEN THE OWNERS OF THE
HOUSE CAME BACK FROM FLORIDA AND WERE TOLD OF THE INCIDENT THEY TOLD
THAT THIS HOUSE WAS ONCE THE GATEHOUSE AND THAT A MAN WAS FOUND
MURDERED IN THIS HOUSE AND THE DATE THAT THIS OCCURRENCE HAPPENED
WAS THE DATE THAT THE MOANING AND HOWLING OCCURRED TO US. THIS WAS
A STRANGE HAPPENING THAT WOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

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

Date learned: 10-13-1987

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ANOTHER PARTICULAR DAY I WAS ALONE IN THE HOUSE WITH CHIN LIN FU AND
ALL OF A SUDDEN THE TWO CLOCKS BEGAN TO SHAKE VIGOROUSLY AND BEGAN
TO CHIME. THE FIRST CLOCK WHICH NEITHER ONE HAD WORKED IN AGES BEGAN
ON FEBRUARY 15, 1961 AT 3:30 PM AND RANG 15 TIMES AND THE OTHER
CLOCK CHIMED AT 4:OO PM AND RANG TEN TIMES. I THOUGHT THIS
VERY STRANGE. WHEN THE OWNERS CAME BACK FROM FLORIDA THEY WERE
GREETED WITH SOME STANGE STORIES. THEY TOLD US THAT THE CLOCKS
HAD BELONGED TO THE LADY'S FOLKS AND HAD NOT WORKED SINCE THE DAY
THEY WERE KILLED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT. THE TIME THAT THE LADY
ASKED ME OF WHAT DATE AND HOW MANY TIMES THE CLOCKS CHIMED WERE
EXACTLY THE TIME THAT THE PEOPLE DIED AND THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE
CLOCKS CHIMED WERE THE DATES THAT THEY DIED, AND LIVING IN THE HOUSE
OF CHIN LIN FU (THE DOG THAT WE HOUSE SAT FOR)? WAS AN EXPERIENCE
NEVER TO BE COPIED AGAIN.

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

Date learned: 10-13-1987

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WHEN THE HEM OF YOUR DRESS GETS TURNED UP, BY ACCIDENT, YOU
ARE GOING TO RECEIVE A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

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ANN: ABOUT THE RED BIRD....
LOUISE: IF YOU SEE A RED BIRD, YOU'LL SEE SOMEONE YOU'RE NOT
EXPECTING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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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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