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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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LEAVE TAKING FORMULA

AFTER AWHILE, CROCODILE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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LEAVE TAKING REPLY

SAME TO YOU, KANGAROO.

Submitter comment: REPLY TO "SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR."

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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LEAVE TAKING FORMULA

SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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SCHOOL

IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL WE USE TO ASK EACH OTHER FOR SOME STUFF
(COOKIES, CANDY, ETC.). THEY WOULD REPLY THAT SOME MAKE YOU
DUMB, AND YOU WILL NEVER GET NONE.

Submitter comment: SHE TOLD THIS ITEM TO ME IN A SNAPPY MANNER. BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T HAVE
MUCH TO CONTRIBUTE AND I ASKED FOR TOO MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT HER.
I ASKED FOR THE ITEMS RIGHT BEFORE SHE WAS TO TAKE AN EXAM SO I
SUPPOSE THAT EXPLAINS HER ATTITUDE FOR NOT WANTING TO EXPLAIN THE
ITEM.
THIS ITEM IS A VERSE.

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.537
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE

DON'T LET THE DOOR KNOB HIT YOU
WHERE THE GOOD LORD SPLIT YOU.
THIS MEANS GOOD-BYE AND BE CAREFUL, OUT HERE IN THIS WORLD.

Submitter comment: SHE USED A PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH IN EXPLAINING THIS ITEM.
THE INFORMANT SEEMS TO REMEMBER THIS ITEM FROM HER EARLY ADOLESCENT
YEARS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD, WHERE SHE LIVED FOR 16 YEARS. SHE
WAS CUNNING IN THE WAY SHE TOLD THIS ITEM. HER ASSOCIATES IN THE
ROOM MAY HAVE PROMOTED THIS ACTION.
THIS IS A VERSE THAT SHE REMEMBERED FROM MOTHER.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): CROTCH OR BUTTOCKS

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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TONGUE TWISTER

BETTY BOTTER BOUGHT A BIT OF BUTTER/ BUT SHE SAID THIS BUTTERS
BITTER/ IF I PUT IT IN MY BATTER/ IT WILL MAKE MY BATTER BITTER/
SO BETTY BOTTER BOUGHT A BIT OF BETTER BUTTER/ AND IT MADE HER BATTER
BETTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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TONGUE TWISTER

THE SKUNK STOOD ON THE STUMP/ THE STUMP THOUGHT THE SKUNK STUNK/
AND THE SKUNK THOUGHT THE STUMP STUNK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

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

Where learned: OHIO ; YOUNGSTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): VARIATION: BEDBUGS

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

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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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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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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