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A RETORT

I'M RUBBER, YOU'RE GLUE. WHATEVER YOU SAY BOUNCES OFF OF ME AND
STICKS TO YOU.

Submitter comment: SAID WHEN SMALL CHILD, USUALLY WHEN PLAYING WITH NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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TONGUE-TWISTER

TWO LOVERS SAT SIGHING SIDE BY SIDE
DOWN BY THE SIDE OF THE SUNNY SEASIDE
HE SIGHED, SHE SIGHED
THEY BOTH SIGHED, SIDE BY SIDE
DOWN BY THE SIDE OF THE SUNNY SEASIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS TONGUE TWISTER WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A
LITTLE GIRL. IT WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY HER FATHER WHO LEARNED IT FROM
HIS FATHER WHO IN TURN LEARNED IT FROM HIS UNCLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

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

Date learned: CA00001967

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TOAST: VERSE

MAY HE/SHE BE IN HEAVEN ONE-HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS
THAT HE/SHE IS DEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS TOAST IS GIVEN AT A GATHERING AFTER A FUNERAL SERVICE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.546
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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TOAST

HERE'S TO LOVE AND UNITY
DARK CORNERS AND OPPORTUNIT_

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DRINKING HUMOR

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; TRIPLE RHYME

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

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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HERE'S TO THE TOP - - -
BUT IF IT WASN'T FOR THE BOTTOM,
IT WOULDN'T HOLD A DROP.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): DRINKING HUMOR

James Callow Keyword(s): GLASS

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

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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RETORTS

SEE MY FINGER?
SEE MY THUMB?
SEE MY FIST?
YOU'D BETTER RUN

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): TAUNT THREAT

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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TONGUE TWISTERS

RUBBER BABY BUGGY BUMPERS.

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

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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IRISH TOAST

HEALTH AND LONG LIFE TO YOU
LAND WITHOUT RENT TO YOU
A CHILD EVERY YEAR TO YOU
AND MAY YOU DIE IN IRELAND.

Submitter comment: ATTITUDE: TRUSTING

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): DRINKING BLESSING WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; IDEAL BIRTHDAY

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

Date learned: 01-15-1972

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

TATTLE-TALE; TATTLE-TALE
HANG IT ON A BULL'S TAIL
IF THE BULL STARTS TO PEE
YOU WILL HAVE A CUP OF TEA

Where learned: TOLD TO ME IN MY APARTMENT

Keyword(s): NONSENSE

James Callow Keyword(s): REBUKE ; SLANG FOR URINATION

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

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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NAME CALLING

WHEN CHILDREN GET INTO ARGUEMENTS, AMONG THEMSELVES
AND THE NAME CALLING BEGINS,
THEY CHANT
STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): RETORT

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

Date learned: CA02001980

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TANGLETALK

RR CON RR CIGARRO,
RR CON RR BARRIL,
LOS CARROS QUE CORREN MAS RAPIDO,
SON LOS CARROS DEL FERRO CARRIL.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME IS A FAVORITE AMONG THOSE JUST LEARNING TO SPEAK SPANISH
BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY IN PRONOUNCING THE "RR" SOUND.

Where learned: MEXICO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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FIRST SNEEZE, ONE SAYS TO SNEEZER: ONE A WISH.
SECOND SNEEZE, ONE SAYS TO SNEEZER: TWO, A KISS.
THIRD SNEEZE, ONE SAYS TO SNEEZER: THREE, A LETTER.
FOURTH SNEEZE, ONE SAYS TO SNEEZER; FOUR, SOMETHING BETTER.

Submitter comment: EACH PHRASE SAID AFTER EACH SNEEZE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME WORD AT THE SAME TIME, ONE OF THEM WILL
SAY "JINX, PINCH POKE, OWE ME A COKE. THE OTHER PERSON WILL HAVE TO
BUY THE FIRST A COKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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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

Date learned: CA 00001975

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PRAYER SUPPLICATION

WHEN SOMEONE SNEEZES REPLY:
GOD BLESS YOU.
MAY THE ANGELS KISS YOU
AND THE DEVILS MISS YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHESIS ; BLESSING ; METAPHOR ; PARALLEL STRUCTURE

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.646
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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MNENOMIC DEVICE

AN EASY WAY TO REMEMBER HOW TO SPELL CHICAGO IS: MM
CHICKEN IN A CAR,
AND THE CAR CAN'T GO.
THAT'S HOW YOU SPELL CHICAGO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD OF THIS AROUND 1970 WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG AND COULD NOT SPELL CHICAGO. MNEMONIC DEVICES ARE IN THE
CATEGORY WITH RIDDLES AND MIGHT BE CONSIDERED A VERBAL PUZZLE.
THEY AID IN REMEMBERING DIFFICULT FACTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

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

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 00001970 CA

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RHYME

"PINCH, POKE, YOU OWE ME A COKE," IS SAID WHEN TWO PEOPLE, IN A
CONVERSATION, SAY THE SAME THING AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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BEDTIME RHYME

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

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; MISSION VIEJO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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FAREWELL RHYME

SEE YA LATER ALLIGATOR,
AFTER WHILE CROCODILE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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TOAST: VERSE

MAY HE/SHE BE IN HEAVEN ONE-HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS
THAT HE/SHE IS DEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS TOAST IS GIVEN AT A GATHERING AFTER A FUNERAL SERVICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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