Having plenty of legends collected, as this is what people usually provide when you ask them for folklore and list examples, I decided to ask a specific question, instead. Everyone I know has a specific remedy for hiccups, so I thought this would be a fruitful question. The informant gave me a funny look, but afterward I explained this was for my folklore project and she understood. GG is the informant, and PH is myself.
PH: How do you get rid of hiccups?
GG: Yeah I breathe in for as long as you can, hold my breath for as long as I can, and breath out for as long as I can.
Sometimes when I have hiccups and I’m doing that people will be like, “Are you gonna cry?” (Laughs)
If that doesn’t work, I drink a bunch of water while holding my nose
PH: Did anyone teach you this method?
GG: Yeah when I was in elementary school some girl told me to do it and it worked.