364. If your apron string becomes loosened, your true love is thinking of
365. If your apron drops off, you'll lose your beau. The same is true if
you lose your garter.
Stevens Point, Wis.
366. If you sink a bottle in water, it will weaken your love.
367. Step over the broom, and you will be an old maid.
368. If a girl wet her apron in washing, it is a sign that she will have
a drunken husband.
Labrador, Scilly Cove, N.F., and New England.
369. To hang clothes wrong side out is an antidote for a drunken husband.
370. If a girl finds a cobweb in the door, it is a sign that her beau
371. To find many cobwebs in the kitchen means that there is no courting
372. When the collar slips around and the opening comes to the ear, your
lover is thinking of you.
373. If you button your dress up unevenly, it is a sign that your lover
is thinking of you.
374. If you begin to button your dress unevenly, you will be a widow.
375. If you are cross when you are young, you will be an old maid.
376. If you fall up stairs, you will have a new beau.
377. Tumble up stairs and you'll not get married within the year. (Hence
old maids were formerly said to be careful how they went up stairs.)
378. Stumbling either up or down stairs means you'll be married inside a
379. If you sit on a table, you will not be married that year.
New England, New York, and Alabama.
380. Dropping hairpins from your hair means that your beau is thinking of
General in the United States.
381. If a lady dons a gentleman's hat, it is a sign that she wants a
382. If your lips itch, it is a sign some one will kiss you.
383. If the outside of your nose itches, some one out of town loves you,
and if the inside of your nose, then you are loved by some one in town.
384. If a gentleman and lady are riding and are tipped out, they will be
385. Make a rhyme when talking, and you'll see your true love before
386. Should your shoestring come unloosened,
'T is a sure sign and a true,
At that very moment
Your true love thinks of you.
387. If your shoe comes untied, your sweetheart is talking about you.
388. If you want to sneeze and can't, it is a sign some one loves you,
and doesn't dare to tell it.
389. If you can't drink a cup of tea, you must be love-sick.
390. Stub your toe
See your beau.
Massachusetts and Maine.
391. If four persons cross hands in shaking hands on taking leave, one
will marry before the year is out.
Prince Edward Island, Eastern Massachusetts, and New York.
392. If hands are crossed at the table while passing a dish, a wedding
will follow. The top hand belongs to the person who will be married.
393. To have two teaspoons in a saucer signifies marriage in a year.
394. If a gentleman stayed to dinner and by accident got two knives, two
forks, or two spoons, at his plate, he would be married within a year,
and there was no help for it.
395. Knock over your chair on rising from the table, and you won't get
married that year.
Peabody, Mass., New York, and Talladega, Ala.
396. If a girl sew a button on the clothing of a marriageable man, she
will marry him within the year.
397. If you have a dress with rings for a figure in it, it is a sign you
will be married before it is worn out.
398. If you have hearts in a figure in a dress or in a shawl, you will be
married before it is worn out.
399. If you have a new dress and there are roses in it, the person who
owns the dress will be married before the dress is worn out.
400. Pins in the front of a dress waist are a sign that the wearer will
be an old maid.
401. If, in making a dress, the thread kinks badly, the person for whom
it is made will either die or get married before the dress is worn out.
402. If you have a dress tried on, and any pin catches in the
underclothing, every pin means that it is a year before you will be
married; hence dressmakers are especially careful to pin the dress in
such a way that it will slip off easily.
403. If you have good success in building a fire, you will have a smart
husband; if bad success, a lazy husband.
St. John, N.B., and Ohio.
404. If a lock of hair over the forehead (widow's lock) be cut before
marriage, the girl will be a widow.
405. Get a lady friend to knit you a yellow garter. She must ask a
gentleman unknown to you to knit ten rows. You will meet and marry the
gentleman within a year.
406. The exchange of one yellow garter means a proposal in six months.
407. If a girl wears a yellow garter (which has been given to her) every
day for a year, or every day and night for six months, at the end of that
time she will be married.
408. If you burn a lover's letter, he will never marry you.
409. If, at a dinner, a single person is inadvertently placed between two
married people (husband or wife), it means marriage for him or her within
410. If you pass between two men on the street, you'll marry both of them
411. If you drop a knitting-needle, you won't be married during the
412. If you break many needles in a garment, it will be worn at a
413. If you draw blood from a prick of the needle while making a garment,
it is a sign you will be kissed the first time you wear it.
414. Should needles break while sewing on a new garment, it is a sign
that the owner will be married before it is worn out.
415. When a young man goes to see a girl for the first time, and the
signs of the zodiac are in the heart, they will one day marry.
416. If you step on a cigar stub, you will marry the first man you meet.
417. Two spoons in a cup is the sign of a wedding.
Bathurst, N.B., and Wisconsin.
418. If you get two spoons in your cup or saucer, you'll marry a second
husband or wife.
419. If a couple out walking together stumble, it is a sign that they
will be married.
420. Sit on the table,
Married before you're able.
421. If a girl gets the last piece of bread on a plate at the table, she
will have a handsome husband.
422. If all of three dishes at the table are eaten, all of the unmarried
people at the table will be married within the year.
423. If the tea-kettle boils, you will boil your beaux away, is an old
424. If you have a cup of tea handed to you, and there are little bits
floating on top, they represent the number of husbands you will
have--one, two, or three.
425. A girl that takes her thimble to the table will be an old maid.
426. Three in a row,
Meet your beau.
The one in the middle will have him.
427. Three lamps in a row, the one who sets down the third will be soon
428. Three lamps in a row foretell a wedding in the family.
429. To look into a tumbler when you are drinking is a sign that you will
be an old maid. If you look over the side, you are a flirt.
430. To wash the hands under a pump denotes that you will be a widow.