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ETIQUETTE AND LOGIC

IT'S BETTER TO BURP AND BEAR THE SHAME,
THAN HOLD IT IN AND BEAR THE PAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE TYPICAL RETORT AFTER BEING UPBRAIDED FOR
RELIEVING ONESELF RATHER NOISILY.
I CAN RECALL NO SPECIFIC INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EXCUSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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TAUNT OF THE WELSH

JOHNNY WAS A WELSHMAN,
JOHNNY WAS A THIEF,
JOHNNY CAME TO MY HOUSE
AND STOLE A LEG OF BEEF.
I WENT TO JOHNNY'S HOUSE,
JOHNNY WAS IN BED,
SO I TOOK UP A POKER
AND HIT HIM ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS AN IRISH TAUNT OF THE WELSH, USUALLY SUNG BY
SMALL CHILDREN AT SCHOOL OR PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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TEASE

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT,
DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT,
DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE.

Submitter comment: TOLD THIS BY PARENTS WHEN SENT TO BED AS A CHILD.

Where learned: OHIO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

LADYBUG, LADYBUG, FLY AWAY HOME,
YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE,
YOUR CHILDREN ARE GONE,
EXCEPT FOR ANNE--
SHE HID UNDER A PUDDING PAN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERSE WHICH THE INFORMANT RECITES WHEN A
LADYBUG BEETLE HAS FLOWN ON HER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

TWELVE AND TWELVE MAKES TWENTY FOUR,
SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND SAY NO MORE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): Arithmetic, Math, Mathematics, Addition,

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD.
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD,
BUT WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS HORRID.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER USED TO RECITE THIS WHEN I WAS BAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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ENVELOPE INSCRIPTION

SWALCAKWS
SEALED WITH A LICK, CAUSE A KISS WOULDN'T STICK.

Submitter comment: ON A LETTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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ENVELOPE INSCRIPTION

IF YOU LOVE ME AS I LOVE YOU,
NO KNIFE CAN CUT OUR LOVE IN TWO.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN ON THE BACK OF A SEALED LETTER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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MAY THE BIRD OF HAPPINESS FLY UP YOUR NOSE
AND MAY AN ELEPHANT CARESS YOU WITH HIS TOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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DROPPING CANDY

WHEN A KID DROPS SOME CANDY OR FOOD ON THE FLOOR OR GROUND, BY
STUMPING HIS LEFT FOOT AND SAYING ALOUD, "GOD KISS IT,"
THE CANDY OR FOOD CAN BE EATEN WITHOUT FEAR OF DIRT OR GERMS MAKING
THEM ILL.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE SAME BELIEF IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (EXCLUDING THE
PART ABOUT STAMPING ONE'S FOOT); I HAVE ALSO RECENTLY HEARD
THIS BELIEF IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

James Callow Keyword(s): DISINFECT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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"WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME FOR? I DIDN'T COME TO STAY. I ONLY CAME
TO TELL YOU THIS IS EASTER DAY."

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GREETING BY THE CHURCH DEACON TO THE CONGREGATION AT
EASTER MASS.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RITUAL SPEECH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.663
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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TONGUETWISTER

A SKUNK SAT ON A STUMP.
THE SKUNK THUNK THE STUMP STUNK,
THE STUMP THUNK THE SKUNK STUNK.

Submitter comment: I SURE CANT SAY IT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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TONGUETWISTER

ONE SMART FELLOW, HE FELT SMART;
TWO SMART FELLOWS, THEY FELT SMART;
THREE SMART FELLOWS, THEY ALL FELT SMART.

Submitter comment: BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: CA06001975

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ON BURPING

BETTER BURP AND FEEL THE SHAME
THAN HOLD IT IN AND FEEL THE PAIN.

Submitter comment: RECITED WHEN A PERSON BURPS.

Where learned: NOT ENTERED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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DOWN THE HATCH, PAST THE LUNGS,
WATCH OUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNOWS OF NO SPECIAL OCCASION WHEN THIS IS USED.
IT IS JUST GENERALLY RECITED WHEN ONE HAS A DRINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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LYRICAL VERSE

THROUGH THE TEETH AND PAST THE GUNS;
LOOK OUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Submitter comment: AT PARTIES WHEN DRINKING.

Where learned: EAST DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: NOT ENTERED

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ENTERTAINMENT TOAST (IRISH)

MAY YOU BE IN HEAVEN A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU,RE DEAD.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; INFORMANT HEARD FROM MOTHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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MY MOTHER IS SOMEWHAT SUPERSTITIOUS, AND SHE SAYS THIS WHENEVER SHE
FINDS A PENNY.
"PENNY, PENNY, BRING ME LUCK,
I'M THE FIRST TO PICK YOU UP."

Where learned: Massachusetts

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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RHYME

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES,/ BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME.

Submitter comment: SAID THIS DURING GRADE SCHOOL DAYS.

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; RHYME: AABC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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