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MY MOTHER ALWAYS PRONOUNCED SATURDAY
LIKE SAIR-DAY AND WASH LIKE WORSH.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER IS ENGLISH-AMERICAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

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CHARACTER AND SPEECH

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A MAN WHO IS QUEER WILL TALK WITH A LISP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMOSEXUAL ; SLANG: QUEER FOR HOMOSEXUAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 11-03-1969

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JAPANESE & NUMBER 42

MANY JAPANESE AVIOD ANYTHING THAT
HAS TO DO WITH THE NUMBER 42, SINCE
IT IS AN OMEN OF DEATH.
IN JAPANESE, THE NUMBER 42 AND
DEATH SOUND SIMILAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.42
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CAMPSONG SARASPONDA

SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, RET-SET-SET(REPEAT),
AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-BOOM-DAY-RET-SET-SET,
AW-SAY-PAW-SAY-OH. BOOMDA,BOOMDA,BOOMDA, (REPEAT).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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JOKE (SENTENCE PUN)

A BOY WAS ASKED BY HIS TEACHER TO USE THE FOLLOWING WORDS IN A
SENTENCE: DEFEAT, DEDUCT, DEFENCE, AND DETAIL. HIS REPLY: "DE FEET
OF DE DUCK WENT OVER DE FENCE BEFORE DE TAIL."

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DE USED FOR THE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: CA00001966

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LOCAL PRONUNCIATION OF A CITY NAME

SOME RESIDENTS OF THE DETROIT AREA, USUALLY THOSE OVER 40 YEARS OF
AGE, PRONOUNCE THE NAME OF THE CITY OF DEARBORN AS THOUGH IT
WERE SPELLED "DEARBURN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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PHONE RETORTS

CITY MORGUE,
WHICH STIFF DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO?

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: CA00001976

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PRACTICAL JOKE AND PRANK: TONGUE HOLDER

IF YOU WANT TO EMBARRASS SOMEONE, HAVE THEM HOLD THEIR TONGUE
WHILE SAYING THE FOLLOWING: MM
MY DADDY WORKS IN A SHIPYARD PITCHING ASHES. MM
THE RESULT WILL SOUND LIKE: MM
MY DADDY WORKS IN A SHITYARD PINCHING ASSES.

Submitter comment: THIS PRANK WAS FIRST HEARD BY THE COLLECTOR IN 1970. IT
IS A PLAY ON WORDS AND HAS THE OPPOSITE EFFECT AS A PRETENDED
OBSCENE RIDDLE. IT IS SIMILAR TO A TONGUE TWISTER IN THAT A
DIFFERENT SENTENCE FROM THE ORIGINAL IS PRODUCED. THIS CAUSES
EMBARRASSMENT TO THE UNKNOWING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; USA ; SOUTHGATE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 00-00-1970

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SAYING

WHEN A PERSON SAID "I THOUGHT YOU SAID OR DID SOMETHING",
AND WHAT THE PERSON SAID IS NOT WHAT YOU SAID OR DID; WE WOULD
OFTEN REPLY, YOU THOUGHT LIKE LICK, AND LICK, THOUGHT LIKE
A CANDLESTICK." THIS WAS TO LET THAT PERSON KNOW HE THOUGHT
THE WRONG THING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: O10001983

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KOREAN EATING CUSTOM

"THE KOREANS EXPRESS THE DELICIOSITY OF THEIR FOOD BY THE
NOISE THEY MAKE WHEN THEY EAT IT. IF THE FOOD IS GOOD, THEY'LL
MAKE A LOT OF NOISE WHEN THEY EAT."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A KOREAN STUDENT IN DETROIT.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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JAPANESE EATING CUSTOM

"IN THE SOUTHERN PARTS OF JAPAN, SLURPING OR EATING FOOD NOISILY
IS NOT CONSIDERED RUDE BUT IN PARTS LIKE TOKYO IT IS CONSIDERED
VERY IMPOLITE AND A SIGN OF BAD MANNERS. MOTHERS IN TOKYO WILL
SCOLD THEIR CHILDREN IF THEY ARE NOISY EATERS."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A JAPANESE STUDENT AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD SAY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH IS,
"RABBIT, RABBIT." SHOULD YOU FORGET, THEN THE LAST THING
BEFORE YOU GO TO BED (IT MUST BE BEFORE MIDNIGHT) YOU SHOULD
SAY IT BACKWARD, "TIBBAR, TIBBAR." YOUR LUCK WOULD NOT BE
AS GOOD BY SAYING IT AT NIGHT, BUT NOT AS BAD AS IF YOU
DIDN'T SAY IT AT ALL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 06-22-1972

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IF YOU TICKLE A BABY ON THE BOTTOM OF HIS FOOT, HE WILL
STUTTER WHEN HE STARTS TALKING.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK NOT TO SPEAK TO A RABBIT THAT CROSSES IN FRONT
OF YOU.

Submitter comment: MRS. WHITEHEAD SAID THAT MANY TIMES SHE HAD SAID, "HIDDY, MR.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): HELLO HOWDY HI-DEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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IF YOU BLOW ON DICE AND TALK TO THEM YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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A FRIEND'S EXPERIENCE (RELATED AS A TRUE STORY)

THERE WAS A FRIEND OF OURS, HE STUTTERED--REALLY STUTTERED.
HE SAID THAT THERE WAS A 'HAINT' SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY.
ANYWAY, THERE WAS A CERTAIN PLACE THEY COULD GO, AN', UH,
THEY DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING, BUT THEY COULD JUST SENSE SOMETHIN',
AN' THE DOG WOULD EVEN GET SCARED, Y'KNOW. SO THIS PARTICULAR
TIME HE WENT OUT, AN', UH, HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS--HE
COULD HEAR IT, BUT HE DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING. AN', UH, THE DOG
STARTED TO THE HOUSE, AN' HIM RIGHT AFTER IT, Y'KNOW, THE
DOG WAS SO SCARED HE KNEW THERE HAD TO BE SOMETHIN', AN' HE SAID,
"THET DOG WAS GOIN' JUST AS FAST AS HE COULD, AN' ME RIGHT AFTER
HIM," HE SAID, "WHEN THET DOG HIT THE BOTTOM DOORSTEP I HIT
THE TOP ONE! EVERY TIME OL' BOUNCE'S FEET HIT THE GROUND THEY
WENT MUGWUMP!"

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): SPIRIT SPECTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 07-06-1973

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PHONETICS

HUNKEY DOREY--ALL RIGHT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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BACKGROUND: A FIRM IN GERMANY ORDERED COFFEE FROM A FIRM IN
THE UNITED STATES. WHILE THE COFFEE WAS ENROUTE, A COUPLE OF BAGS
BROKE OPEN AND RATS NESTED IN THE COFFEE. THE GERMAN FIRM SENT
THE FOLLOWING LETTER CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF THE COFFEE --

135 WILHELMSTRASSE
HAMBERG, GERMANY

SCHENTELMENS:

DER LAST 2 PECKETECHES VE GOT FROM YOU OFF KOFFEE WAS MIT
RATTSCHIDT GEMIXT. DER KOFFEE MAY BE GUTE ENUF, BUT DER
RATTSDURDS SCHBOILS DER TRADE. VE DID NOT SEE DER RATTSCHIDT IN
DER SEMBLES VICH YOU SENT US FOR EXAMINASHUN.

IT TAKES SO MUTCH TIME TO PEK DER RATTSDURDS FROM DER KOFFEE.
VE ORDER DER KLEEN KOFFEE AND YOU SCHIPT SCHIDT MIXT MIT DER
KOFFEE. IT VUS A MISCHTAKE, YA? VE LIKE YOU TO SCHIPP US
DER KOFFEE IN VUN ZAK UND DER RATTSCHIDT IN DER ODER ZAK, DEN
VE MIXT IT TO SUIT DER KOSTOMER.

WRITE PLEASE IF VE SCHOULDT SCHIPP DER SCHIDT BEK UND KEEP DER
KOFFEE ODER IF VE SCHOULDT KEEP DER SCHIDT UND SCHIPP DER
KOFFEE BEK, OR SCHIPP DER HOLD SCHIDDEN VORK BEK.

VE VENT TO DO RITE IN DIS MADDER, BUT VE DON'T LIKE DISS
RATTSCHIDT BIZZINESS.

MIT MUTCH RESPECTS,

KARL GRUMMENSCHIDT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GERMAN DIALECT ; HUMOR -- LINGUISTIC ; PACKAGES RAT SHIT RAT TURDS SACK CUSTOMER SHIP LETTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

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Saying

"not n' every a thing"

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Language ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

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