Appalachia Folklore

Itching

Folklore about itching from appalachia

Itching foot – you are walking on strange ground
Itching hand – you are shaking hands with a stranger
Itching eye – you will be made mad or pleasant
Itching ear – someone is talking about you
Itching nose- someone is coming to see you

Itching folklore from Foxfire Magazine Volume 1 1967

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Tipper

 

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23 Comments

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    Eldonna Ashley
    July 13, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    If your leg itches and you’re scratch it you say, “I can’t stop itchin’ my leg.”

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    Kaintuky
    February 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I have heard W.Virginians pronouce”each” for itch and “feesh” for fish,and several other variations.Heres one somewhat common to S.E.Ky.,”Cletus was givin Bubba the stinkeye(dirty looks)so Bubba stomped a mudhole in hem.Youns(plural for yall)best watch hit roun Bubba”.

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    Tipper
    February 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Chevin
    Thank you for the comment! I don’t know much about body language but find it very interesting : )
    Have a great evening!
    Tipper
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Chevin Woodruff
    February 6, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I thought body language says, If your nose itches something met with your disapproval. Those quick thoughts are telling, so someone that might be a stranger to you came, that being you learned something about yourself.

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    Cknutter
    February 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    My cousin was lonesome for some company so she asked her mother “Momma make your nose itch so somebody will come over”

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    RB
    February 5, 2015 at 12:14 am

    The way I heard it and have pretty much experienced it in my life is:
    Itching foot – You’re itching for change of location or to travel
    Itching hand – If right hand, you’ll be finding/receiving money; if left, you’ll be paying out/losing it (but for me, either hand itches, and the next day, money comes from somewhere, often unexpected. Don’t know why.)
    Itching eye – You’re yearning to look at different things, surroundings.
    Itching or humming ear – Yep, someone is talking about you
    Itching nose – Is allergy. LOL
    God bless.
    RB
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    Tipper
    February 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Ed-thank you for the comments! And yes I have and yes I have : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
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    Ed Ammons
    February 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Do you ever hear itch pronounced like each?
    Have you ever heard people say “itch my back for me” instead of scratch my back?

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    Tipper
    February 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Jim-I have never heard the little saying! But I love that all 3 Casadas commented about it : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Tipper
    February 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    YES some people do say inching here too : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
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    eva nell wike, PhD
    February 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Tipper: Some old – some new but all the ‘sayings’ are refreshing to think about – especially when you are ‘putten off vacuming’ or something like that.
    Eva Nell

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    February 4, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Tipper where did all those old saying come about? England or Ireland or the American natives the Indians. I think some were hatched by the Appalachians mountains people on their very own. Folk lores to make people laugh has been around for a long time.
    When someone knocks at your door, holler come in if your nose is clean.

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    February 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I’m giggling as I just noticed that both my brothers posted the same thing. Well, let’s just triple that ditty: My nose itches,
    I smell peaches,
    Someone’s coming with a hole in his britches!

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    Ed Ammons
    February 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    No itchy head lice for this old man. There is nothing for them to hold on to up there.

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    Ldockery
    February 4, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I heard that one as the LEFT palm, Miss Cindy! If the right palm itched we were going to “shake hands with a preacher! ”

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    b. Ruth
    February 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Tipper,
    I’m just itching to find a saying that’s not on this list!
    How about, ‘If your elbow itches, you’re going to sleep in a strange bed’!
    Added note: after you sleep in the strange bed and then itch…check for bedbugs!
    Left ear itching, someone is saying something nice about you!
    Not folklore but,
    others to consider:
    If in-between your toes itch, check for athletes foot!
    If you’ve been sitting’ on a stump in the woods, and later your ‘bum’ itches, check
    for poison ivy!
    If your legs itch in July, it’s usually “chiggers” from picking blackberries!
    That one is an old time saying in our family! LOL
    My Mother always said no matter what or where the itch, “Don’t scratch, it will only itch more!” and “Don’t scratch it, you will make it spread!”
    That’s all the itches I can scratch this morning!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Are you itching?

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    Shirl
    February 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Someone has sure been talking about me lately! In my opinion, the itching in my ear is the start of an earache due to being outside for some time while it was windy and cold without my hat.
    Do you all say ‘inching’ like we do in KY?

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    dolores
    February 4, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I think it is interesting how some of the various folklore came into being. Itching ones nose was noted as a you are going to have a fight or kiss a fool. Itching palm – you are going to get money. So be it for today.

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    Bill Burnett
    February 4, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Itching nose, company coming, itching head, company has arrived. This last one used to refer to lice which at one time was fairly common. How many people’s heads are itching after reading this? The power of suggestion is strong.

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    Don Casada
    February 4, 2015 at 8:05 am

    My nose itches;
    I smell peaches.
    Someone’s a-coming with
    A hole in his britches.
    (ditty passed on by Mama)

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    Lue VanWinkle
    February 4, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Itching left hand you will spend money unexpectedly, itching right hand you will receive money unexpectedly.

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    Jim Casada
    February 4, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Tipper–I assume you are familiar with the old doggerel about an itching nose:
    My nose itches,
    I smell peaches,
    Someone’s coming with a hole in their britches.
    Jim Casada

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    Miss Cindy
    February 4, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Itching palm your going to get some money.

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