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CHILDREN'S NAME RHYME

DICKY, DICKY DOUT,
YOUR SHIRT HANGS OUT,
FOUR YARDS IN AND FIVE YARDS OUT.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; CANADA, ASSUMED ; OAKVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): JUVENILE CORRECTIVE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.582

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RHYME

KAREN ANNIE, SAT ON HER FANNY,
ATE A BANNANIE,
AND PLAYED THE PIANIE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A LITTLE REMARK THAT MY FATHER ALWAYS SAID TO MY SISTER
WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

Data entry tech comment: BY PROFESSOR CALLOW
WHEN ASKED IF INFORMANT'S SISTER'S MIDDLE NAME WAS ANNIE,
COLLECTOR SAID YES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG FOR BANANA, PIANI, BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.582

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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GEORGE

GEORGIE PORGIE, PUDDNIN' PIE,
KISSED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM CRY.

DAN

DAN, DAN, THE DIRTY OLD MAN,
WASHED HIS FACE IN A FRYIN' PAN.

DAVID

DAVIE, DAVIE, FIE FOR SHAME,
KISSED THE GIRLS IN A RAILWAY TRAIN.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): TAUNT RIDICULE OF A NAME

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.582

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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PROVERB

IF YOUR EAR RINGS,
YOUR NAME SOMEONE SINGS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD THIS PROVERB IN 1976. THE STYLISTIC
DEVICES OF RHYME AND METER ARE USED. INVERSION IS PRESENT IN
THIS SHORT PIECE. KEY WORDS ARE EMPHASIZED AND A CAUSE AND EFFECT
RELATIONSHIP IS PRESENT. IT IS AN "A = B" EQUATION. THE
COLLECTOR INTERPRETS THIS TO MEAN THAT SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT
YOU, IF YOUR EARS RING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; GOSSIP ; Longing ; PREDICTION ; Relationship ; RHYME ; SIGN ; Sing ; SONG ; TALK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.477
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.400
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.582
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.584
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Use of Object P860.438
SPEECH -- Syntax

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 09-00-1976

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