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Meaning Behind The Proverb “In The Land of The Blind, The One Eyed Man is King.”

Main Piece: Original Text (Latin): “In regione caecorum rex est luscus.” Translation: “In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.”  Meaning as told by my informant: “It means that if everything is bad, and one thing is less bad, then it’s automatically the best. It plays on the idea of ‘best’… Continue Reading »

Not Eating the Last Bit: An American Superstition

Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant from Bridgeport, CT. She learned the superstition from her mother and has vehemently abided by it ever since.  Context: The following piece was collected in a casual, in-person interview at the informant’s home in San Diego, CA.  Piece:  Informant: “I can’t eat… Continue Reading »

The Tradition Surrounding Mary Draper Ingles in Virginia

Main piece: “There’s this story from my hometown of Bradford, Virginia about this woman named Mary Draper Ingles who, during the 1750s, was kidnapped by a group of Native Americans. She might have had a child at the time, but she was kidnapped by these Natives and then eventually escaped and then followed the rivers… Continue Reading »

Meaning Behind The Proverb “I Don’t Have to Outrun The Bear”

Main Piece:  Original Proverb: “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.”  Meaning as told by my informant: “So, the story goes like this. Two men are hiking in the woods, and they see a bear. The bear is really mad, so they start running to get away. The first… Continue Reading »