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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

new england cat sayings

A selection from What they say in New England: a book of signs, sayings, and superstitions, by Clifton Johnson (Boston:  Lee and Shepard, 1896).
If you see an old cat running and playing and feeling good, it is a sign the wind is going to blow.

To play with and fondle a cat much will give a person poor health. (Wrong! - Curator)

When you have a tooth pulled, don't leave it lying about.  Burn it up. If the cat gets hold of it, the next tooth that comes will be a cat's tooth.

Some prefer to make sure of a sty's (on your eyelid) leaving by touching it with the tail of a black cat.
I wonder where people came up with these sort of things?


Katnip Lounge said...

People are loony.

parlance said...

Hmm.. they must have had more time on their hands than I have, if they had time to stand around and figure out whether a running and playing cat was old or young.