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Folk speech
Proverbs

“If you were dropped in the water and instead of sinking you stood up and walked on water back to the shore, the media will say that you can’t swim.”

“If you were dropped in the water and instead of sinking you stood up and walked on water back to the shore, the media will say that you can’t swim.”

No matter what you do the media will have something negative to say about it. My mom told me this saying when I was in high school because I was a well known football player and when I played in a game and I did well the next day you can count on the paper having something negative to say about me. This happens to pro athletes, famous actor and anyone who is in the spot light of the public. I don’t know where its proverb comes from but I would imagine that it comes from the United States and maybe even California. I have yet to hear this proverb anywhere else.

Folk speech
Proverbs

“When you see a hater, point them out!”

This quote comes from an old roommate and friend of mine. When ever you do something good there is someone there to put you down. We call these people haters. The world would be so much better without them but there everywhere. I don’t know where this saying comes from but I do know that it is pretty old. I don’t think there are any variants but there could be. If there are any I have not heard them yet. If I were to guess where this saying came from I would say the south because everyone I know who knows this proverb is from the south, including myself.

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Paying Santa for Presents

A friend of mine told me that when she was young her mom use to tell her that the reason Santa Claus got her more presents than her mom did was because her mom had to go to the North Pole and pay Santa for the presents.

 

I don’t know if this was something that was common to say in there family or not. But it is a good variant of a story everyone knows. Everyone knows the story of how Santa Claus brings all the children presents on Christmas. I don’t know if this variant has an origin. I don’t think it does. This comes from my friend.

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“An apple a day will keep the doctor away.”

“An apple a day will keep the doctor away.”

 

This one was said by Caitlin, her grand mother told her this when she was young. She says her grand mother told her this to promote healthy eating. This is a very well known proverb so it’s kind of hard to find the origin. I had heard this one before as well.  I was able to fine this one on the internet as well. Bupa.com

“(As with many old wives’ tales it seems there is more than a grain of truth in the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. All you have to do is make sure that the apple is included as one of the five portions of fruit and vegetables you eat each day. Five-a-day’ – a new health campaign introduced by the Department of Health – aims to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables. Increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of many chronic conditions such as heart disease and some cancers including bowel cancer. Other health benefits attributed to eating ‘five-a-day’ are reducing the symptoms of asthma, improving bowel functions and delaying the development of cataracts.)”

Folk Beliefs
Magic
Protection

“Hang a dream catcher over your bed and it will help keep bad dreams away.”

My friend Mike told me that his father, who is full blooded Native American, has one over his bed and believes in the purpose it serves. This is a Native American custom that many Native Americans take part in. The origin or this is American and goes back a long time. Many other people that are not Native American also have dream catchers. I know of a few people that have them and also believe in there purpose.

Folk Beliefs
Folk speech
Humor
Legends
Narrative

Mexican Rat Tale

“Some friends where at the beach and they found a half dead dog. They fed it and helped it get healthy and then one day they left it at home with the cats. When they returned there was blood everywhere and the cats were dead. They then found out that it was not a dog they found; it was a big Mexican rat.”

 

I have heard a few different versions of this story but they all end up with the dog being some kind of rap. The origin of this story is hard to find because this story has been told in so may different places. In some places they tell it a much different then this variant. For every different place there is a difference that may be different due to the culture in that place.

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