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TONGUE TWISTER

PETER PIPER PICKED A PECK OF PICKLED PEPPERS,
HOW MANY PECKS OF PICKLED PEPPERS COULD PETER PIPER PICK,
IF PETER PIPER PICKED SOME PECKS OF PICKLED PEPPERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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TONGUE TWISTER

SHE SAW SEASHELLS BY THE SEASHORE. THIS WAS ANOTHER ONE OF OUR
FAVORITE TWISTERS WE USED TO USE DURING OUR RAINY DAYS INSIDE.

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

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

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TONGUE TWISTER

PETER PIPER PICKED A PECK OF PICKLE PEPPERS, IF PETER PIPER PICKED
A PECK OF PICKLE PEPPERS, HOW MANY PICKLED PEPPERS DID PETER PIPER
PICK. WHEN MY COUSINS AND I COULD NOT GO OUTSIDE WE WOULD HAVE TO
FIND LITTLE THIMGS TO DO TO PASS THE TIME. WE WOULD OFTEN TRY TO
CATCH EACH OTHER WITH TONGUE TWISTERS.

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

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WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN WE USED TO SAY THIS WHEN SOMEONE TOLD A LIE
AND UNTRUTH. "LIAR, LIAR PANTS ON FIRE,/HANGING FROM A RUSTY WIRE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REBUKE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C570
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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KILMA TOAST

NOWHERE ARE THE WOMEN SO DIVINE AS IN VIRGINIA
NOWHERE ARE THE MEN SO REFINED AS IN VIRGINIA.
COMMENT - THERE IS MORE BUT COULDN'T BE REMEMBERED; SUPPOSED TO BE
QUITE BEAUTIFUL

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; KILMARNOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION FINAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 11-27-1972

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A WHISTLING GIRL AND A CACKLING HEN COMES TO NO GOOD END.

Submitter comment: MRS. SULLIVAN'S GRANDMOTHER TOLD HER THAT IN CHILDHOOD WHENEVER
SHE HEARD HER WHISTLE, AND IS STILL SAID TODAY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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GOOD BREAD, GOOD MEAT, LETS EAT.

Submitter comment: A MOCK PRAYER USUALLY SAID BY LITTLE CHILDREN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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TONGUETWISTER

OILY OLLIE OILS OILY AUTOS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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TOAST

HERE'S TO ONE AND ONLY ONE,
AND MAY THAT ONE BE SHE,
WHO LOVES BUT ONE AND ONLY ONE,
AND MAY THAT ONE BE ME."
ONE AND ONLY ONE AND MAY THAT ONE BE ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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"I'M RUBBER AND YOU'RE GLUE. EVERYTHING YOU SAY BOUNCES OFF ME
AND STICKS TO YOU.

Submitter comment: I USED THIS AS A CHILD TO HURT A PLAYMATE WHO HAD SAID SOMETHING BAD
ABOUT ME.

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

Date learned: 1955-1960

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TOAST

THROUGH THE TEETH AND OVER THE GUMS,
LOOKOUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE ; MOCK GRACE BEFORE EATING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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POLISH TOAST

STO LAT STO LAT NIECH ZYJE}NAM
TRANSLATION: 100 YEARS, 100 YEARS, LET LIVE FOR US

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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TONGUE-TWISTERS

EIGHT GREAT GRAY GEESE GRAZING GAYLY INTO GREECE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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TONGUE-TWISTERS

MANY MEN OF MANY MINDS, MANY BIRDS OF MANY KINDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIVERSITY ; ELLIPSIS

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

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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TOAST

HERE IS TO THE BREEZES THAT BLOW THROUGH THE TREESES, LIFTS LITTLE
GIRLS' DRESSES OVER THEIR KNEESES, LITTLE BOY SEESES, DOES AS HE
PLEASES, GETS SOCIAL DISEASES.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 11-25-1973

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TONGUE TWISTER

MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOES ARE ROSES BUT MOSES SUPPOSES ERRONEOUSLY
FOR NOBODY'S TOESES ARE POSIES OF ROSES AS MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOESES
TO BE.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-24-1973

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RHYME

CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE
IF I SHOULD EVER TELL A LIE

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

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

Date learned: CA11001973

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LUCK

LIGHTING THREE CIGARETTS ON ONE MATCH IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE SUPERSTITION OF LIGHTING THREE ON A MATCH IS SAID TO HAVE STARTED
AT THE TIME OF THE CRIMEAN WAR WHEN BRITISH SOLDIERS WHO LIT A MATCH
LONG ENOUGH TO PASS IT AROUND THREE TIMES WERE GIVING THEIR ENEMY
PLENTY OF TIME TO AIM AND FIRE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: CA11001973

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TELEPHONE ANSWER

PHONE RINGS: YOU ANSWER AND SAY, HELLO, CITY
MORGUE. YOU STAB 'EM, WE SLAB 'EM.

Submitter comment: THIS PATICULAR ITEM STARTED A CHAIN REACTION OF FUNNY WAYS TO
ANSWER YOUR PHONE. SHE DELIGHTED HERSELF IN TELLING THEM TO ME,
TRYING TO MAKE ME BELIEVE THAT SHE MADE THEM ALL UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

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

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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