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SPECTACLES

FOUR EYES, DOUBLE CHIN,/ ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MONKEY GRIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUPLET FUNCTION NONSENSE ; GLASSES INSULT ; RHYME: AA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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OLD SAYING

MY MOTHER SAYS I AM SIX: AND MY DADDY SAYS I AM SEVEN.
IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER BECAUSE I AM GOING TO HEAVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-04-1977

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GIVE ME FIVE

GIVE ME FIVE,
YOU HOLD YOUR HAND OUT.
ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE,
YOU TURN HAND OVER.
IN THE HOLE,
YOU MAKE A CIRCLE WITH YOUR THUMB AND RIGHT INDEX FINGER.
YOU GOT SOUL.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GESTURE AMONG THE YOUNG BLACK CHILDREN OF THIS DAY AND
TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-04-1977

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SPEECH BELIEF OR FORMULA SPEECH

A SLIP OF THE LIP CAN SINK A SHIP

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING IS USED, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN A PERSON IS KEEPING A SECRET
FROM SOMEONE ABOUT A SURPRISE OR GIFT. A ONE WORD SLIP-UP ABOUT IT
MIGHT CAUSE THE PERSON TO LEARN THE SURPRISE WHICH WOULD RESULT IN
NO SURPRISE AT ALL. AT THIS DATE 12-12-77 I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO
KEEP TWO SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS A SECRET. I TALK TO MY MOM ABOUT
MY BOYFRIEND'S GIFT AND MY MOM'S GIFT TO MY BOYFRIEND. I CERTAINLY
WOULD NOT WANT TO MIX THEM UP RESULTING IN BOTH PEOPLE KNOWING WHAT
THEY ARE RECEIVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

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

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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TAUNT

I SEE PARIS, I SEE FRANCE
I SEE (NAME'S) UNDERPANTS
ARE THEY RED, ARE THEY PINK?
I DON'T KNOW BUT THEY SURE DO STINK

Submitter comment: JULIE LEARNED THIS IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA. SHE ADMITS SHE
PROBABLY SAID IT ALTHOUGH HER PARENTS DIDN'T WANT HER TO. NOW SHE
THINKS IT IS CRUDE.
COLORS
COUNTRIES
OLFACTORY
REPETITION
INITIAL ITERATION: I SEE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: CA00001966

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TAUNT

(GIRL'S NAME) AND (BOY'S NAME) SITTIN' IN A TREE
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES (GIRL'S NAME) PUSHIN' A BABY CARRIAGE

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD. IT WAS USED TO TEASE THOSE WHO HAD REAL
OR SUPPOSED BOYFRIENDS OR GIRLFRIENDS. OFTEN IF A GIRL OR BOY HAD A
CLOSE FRIEND OF THE OPPOSITE SEX, TAUNTS SUCH AS THIS COULD HURT THE
RELATIONSHIP.
FEMININE RHYMES: MARRIAGE, CARRIAGE
RHYME: AABB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.342
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.345
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: CA00001966

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TAUNT

LIAR, LIAR, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE
YOUR NOSE IS AS LONG AS A TELEPHONE WIRE

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD, PERHAPS FROM MY FATHER OR OLDER BROTHERS
AND SISTERS. IT BECAME AN EFFECTIVE RETORT WHEN YOU WERE SO MAD YOU
COULDN'T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY. IT REMINDED ME OF THE PUPPET
PINOCCHIO WHOSE NOSE GREW LONGER WITH EACH LIE HE TOLD.
INSULT
RETORT
RHYME: AA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: CA00001966

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TAUNT

LIAR, LIAR, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE
HANGING FROM A TELEPHONE WIRE

Submitter comment: SUSIE IS NOT SURE WHO SHE FIRST HEARD THIS FROM BUT THINKS IT WAS
PROBABLY ONE OF HER BROTHERS OR SISTERS.
INSULT
RETORT
RHYME: AA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: CA00001963

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TAUNT

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE
HANGING FROM A BULL'S TAIL
WHEN THE BULL BEGINS TO PEE
YOU WILL GET YOUR CUP OF TEA

Submitter comment: JULIE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
INSULT
RETORT
RHYME: ABCC
INTERNAL RHYME
URINE AS DRINK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product

Date learned: CA00001966

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GOOD LUCK

WHEN CONVERSING AT THE SAME TIME AND BOTH HAVE ACCIDENTALLY SAID THE
SAME THING AT THE SAME TIME, THE FIRST ONE TO SAY : 1 2 3 GOOD LUCK
TO ME, IS LUCKY.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.3
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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OKEY DOKEY ARTICHOKEY

Submitter comment: FEMININE RHYME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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IS THAT A FACT, APPLE JACK

Submitter comment: IMPERFECT RHYME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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I'M HIP, POTATO CHIP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WHATEVER YOU SAY, FRITO LAY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WHAT'S THE STORY, MORNING GLORY?

Submitter comment: FEMININE RHYME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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HAVE YOU HEARD, HUMMINGBIRD?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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EVEN SOONER, RACOONER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WHAT'S THE BUZZ, COUS?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WHAT'S THE DEAL, BANANA PEEL?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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LET'S SPLIT THE SCENE JELLY BEAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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