Category Archives: Stereotypes/Blason Populaire


Insider and Outsider

Original Script: 인싸, 아싸 Phonetic (Roman) Script: Inssa and Ahssa Full translation: Insider and Outsider Main Piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between the interviewer and the informant, and it was translated from its original language Korean. Informant: There’s this popular slang in Korea, especially for school and office settings, mostly college. It’s… Continue Reading »

Irish Goodbye

Main Piece: The following is transcribed form a conversation between the informant and the interviewer Informant: The Irish goodbye is when you leave a party without letting other people know that you’re leaving. You just get up and leave. You might bump into a few people on your way out, and then you would have… Continue Reading »

“Shoobies”

Context: The informant (T) is a 56 yr. old woman originally from Philadelphia, PA. She owns a shore house in South Jersey where she and her extended family spend the summer. She explains to me the term Shoobie and the negative connotation it holds among the inhabitants of Philadelphia and South Jersey. The conversation took… Continue Reading »

Salami and Women

Background Informant: R.P. Italian-Australian Male, 28 years old Location: Sydney, Australia Context Told to me by a 2nd generation Italian male, whose family immigrated to Australia from Italy and Naples a generation earlier. This folklore may be local to the Southern region of Italy. Informant volunteered this information after being prompted. Main Piece RP: “I don’t… Continue Reading »

Menstrual Blood in the Food

Background Location: Tarzana, CA Informant: M.S. – Black, female hairstylist in her late 20’s, born and raised in Los Angeles but has family in New Orleans, LA Context Overheard in a hair salon in Tarzana, California. M.S. is a stylist that was working at the salon, speaking to her client. Told in the context of Louisiana… Continue Reading »