Author Archives: Francesca Ressa

Your Boob is Showing aka Somebody’s Thinking of You

An oicotype of the folk belief that “Somebody’s thinking of you” when the clasp and pendant of your necklace touch, the phrase which is usually said/signified by a person who isn’t wearing the necklace. As told verbatim by informant: “Yeah, people have that thing where the clasp of your necklace and the pendant touch each… Continue Reading »

“Solamente son pajitas que le caen in la leche.”

The folk metaphor described verbatim by informant: “When there’s something I’m bothered by, my Puerto Rican mother says to me ‘Solamente son pajitas que le caen en la leche’: they’re just little flecks that fly in the milk. You can see them but they’re just not important. I agree with that philosophy to try and… Continue Reading »

Mexican Refranes (Proverbs)

Here is a series of Mexican proverbs that my informant told me she uses or hears every day as she told me verbatim: “If you are with bad people, like when somebody tells you a refrán. That means something to make you think about the things you doing.” “Dime con quién andas y dire quién… Continue Reading »