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FORMULA SPEECH

WHEN TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME WORD OR PHRASE AT THE SAME TIME, THE
FIRST ONE WHO PUNCHES THE OTHER ON THE ARM, AND SAYS "COKE," IS
SUPPOSED TO BE BOUGHT A COKE BY THE OTHER. (IN MY WORDS)

Submitter comment: OCCASIONALLY, BESIDES SAYING THE ORIGINAL WORD TWICE, WHEN BOTH
PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE GAME USING "COKE," THEY MIGHT BOTH SAY THE
WORD "COKE," ITSELF AT THE SAME TIME, IN ATTEMPTING TO BEAT THEIR
OPPONENT AT SAYING IT. WHEN THIS HAPPENS, THE QUICK THINKER IMMEDI-
ATELY REPEATS "COKE" AGAIN, AND HE'S NOW THE WINNER. WHEN TWO ARE
BOTH VERY MUCH AWARE OF HOW THE GAME WORKS, THIS QUITE OFTEN HAP-
PENS. THE RESULT IS THAT THE TWO PEOPLE MAY SAY "COKE" TOGETHER
FOUR OR FIVE TIMES IN A ROW. THE QUICK PLAYER NOW OFTEN SAYS "COKE,
NO RETURNS, STOP," AND HE IS THE WINNER.
JUST LIKE ANY OTHER BET MADE IN FUN, THIS ONE IS RARELY PAID OFF, AND
IS NOT EVEN EXPECTED TO BE. THE FUN IS MERELY IN THE DOING OF IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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SOFT BALL TALK

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF BENCH CHATTER SPOKEN BY SOFT BALL PLAYERS
ALONG WITH THEIR MEANINGS:
"LOTTA DUCKS OUT THERE" (THERE ARE MANY RUNNERS ON BASE).
"SHOW 'EM YOUR WHEELS" (RUN THE BASE PATHS QUICKLY).
"LET'S STICK 'EM GOOD" (LETS GET SOME BASE HITS).
"WE'RE A GOOD TEAM WITH TWO" (THE TEAM PLAYS GOOD OFFENSE
AND SCORES A
LOT OF RUNS WITH TWO OUTS).
"HEEZ GROOVIN EM" (THE PITCHER IS THROWING THE BALL RIGHT DOWN THE
MIDDLE OF THE STRIKE ZONE).
"LET'S SEE SOME BIG D OUT THERE" (PLAY TOUGH DEFENSE).
"HEEZ A LOOKER" (AN OPPOSITION BATTER IS NOT SWINGING AT PITCHES IN
HOPE OF BEING WALKED).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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THE HEADLESS MOTORCYCLEMAN

IN TOLEDO, (OHIO?), ACTUALLY IN THE OUTSKIRTS,
THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT IN THE
LATE 50S. A GUY ON A MOTORCYCLE WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A CAR WHEN
THEY WERE PLAYING SOME GAME, "CHICKEN," I THINK. IF YOU GO AT NIGHT,
ROLL DOWN ALL YOUR WINDOWS AND FLASH YOUR LIGHTS. THIS IS A SIGNAL
THAT YOU'RE THERE. SOME PEOPLE HAVE SEEN HIM, SOME PEOPLE HAVE SEEN
HIS LIGHTS. I THINK THIS IS DUMB, BUT THE BELIEF HAS BEEN HELD FOR
A LONG TIME.

Submitter comment: WHAT I CAN'T FIGURE OUT IN THIS IS WHY HE IS CALLED THE HEADLESS
MOTORCYCLEMAN AND HE STILL HAS HIS HEAD. THE INFORMANT TREATED THIS
AS JUST ANOTHER LOCAL LEGEND AND DIDN'T BELIEVE IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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TRADITION

WHEN YOU ARE SITTING AROUND A CAMPFIRE AT NIGHT AND THE WIND BLOWS
SMOKE IN YOUR EYES, THE PERSON RETORTS WITH; MM
I HATE RABBITS

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD OF THIS STATEMENT WHILE CAMPING IN
ONTARIO, CANADA. WHEN QUESTIONED, HE COULD OFFER NO EXPLANATION
AND CLAIMED THAT HIS FAMILY HAD ALWAYS DONE IT. PERHAPS A RABBIT
IS ASSOCIATED WITH MISFORTUNE (SMOKE IN THE EYES). ANOTHER
EXPLANATION COULD BE THAT RABBITS ARE SUPPOSED TO SEE GOOD AND
SMOKE IN THE EYES PREVENTS PROPER SIGHT. HENCE, "I HATE RABBITS".
THE EARLIEST DATE THAT THE INFORMANT COULD RECALL THIS WAS IN THE
SUMMER AROUND 1965.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): NON-SEQUITUR

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse
BELIEF -- Mammal
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-00-1980

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COUNTING-OUT PROCEDURE

TO DETERMINE WHO GETS TO CHOOSE WHETHER THEY WILL BAT OR FIELD
FIRST, A BAT IS TOSSED FROM ONE TEAM CAPTAIN TO ANOTHER.
HAND OVER HAND IS CONTINUED UNTIL NO MORE BAT REMAINS.
BESIDES HAND OVER HAND, OTHER MOVES INCLUDE TWO FINGERS
(WHEN THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ROOM FOR THE WHOLE HAND), FLAT
TOPS (PLACING THE PALM OF YOUR HAND OVER THE HANDLE), OR
EAGLE CLAWS (HOOKING THUMB AND FINGERS OF ONE HAND OVER
THE BAT HANDLE). WHOEVER MAKES THE LAST MOVE GETS FIRST
CHOICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 00001980S

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ENGINE #9 TAG RHYME

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN FALL OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
YES, NO, MAYBE SO?

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ANOTHER RHYME TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD BE IT IN A
GAME OF TAG. WHATEVER THE CHOICE WAS (YES, NO, MAYBE SO),
WAS SPELLED OUT. WHOEVER THE KING SAYER WAS POINTING
TO ON THE LAST LETTER WOULD NOT BE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME FOR PERSON CHOOSING "IT" IN A GAME: KING SAYER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.500 SQ[ 84
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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COONING FOR APPLES

A GROUP OF 5 OR 6 PEOPLE GET INTO THE BACK OF A PICK-UP TRUCK.
THERE IS ONLY THE DRIVER IN THE TRUCK. THERE ARE AT LEAST 2 TEAMS
OF PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST.
THE OBJECT OF THIS IS TO GO OUT INTO THE APPLE ORCHARDS AT NIGHT AND
STEAL APPLES WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED ON THE EVE OF HOMECOMING DANCE.
THIS IS NATIVE TO RAVENNA, MICHIGAN AND IS CELEBRATED EVERY YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

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CHANTING GAME

WHO STOLE THE COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR? I SAY (CHILD'S NAME)
STOLE THE COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR. WHO ME? YEAH YOU! NO WAY
YOU FOOL. (CHILD'S NAME) STOLE THE COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR....

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CHILD'S GAME. THEY SIT IN A CIRCLE AND CHANT. THE
SPACE THAT SAYS CHILD'S NAME IS SUBSTITUTED WITH A NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

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Kill the Belgian

This game is played just like "Hide and Seek," with
one person (called the Belgian) hiding and the others
hunting and then chasing him to the goal.

Submitter comment: This game was played by non-Belgians, who
used the term Belgian for Swabian or Pole.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): German, Polish

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 00001940CA

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The following are names for golf clubs.
Spoon = used for getting out of a sand trap.
Niblick = used for getting out of the deep ruff.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): golf

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 00001920S

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BASE STICKERS

IN GAMES OF TAG AND OTHER GAMES WHERE THERE IS AN
ESTABLISHED FREE BASE, THOSE PLAYERS WHO REFUSED
TO VENTURE FAR FROM THE BASE WERE USUALLY
YELLED AT A LOT AND LABELED "BASE STICKERS,"
SOCIAL OUTCASTS. THEY WERE USUALLY THE FAT,
SLOW KIDS.

Submitter comment: AS IN THE CASE IN MANY OF THESE EXAMPLES, THE
SOURCE OF THIS COLLECTION IS NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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PROVOCATION

WHILE PLAYING GAMES SUCH AS TAG OR HIDE AND GO
SEEK, ONE PLAYER WHO WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING
CHASED WOULD ANTAGONIZE HIS PERSUER WITH CRIES
OF, "YOU CAN'T CATCH A NANNY GOAT."

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SO COMMON BACK HOME THAT I AM UNABLE
TO FIX ANY CERTAIN DATE OR SOURCE TO THE SAYING
BUT I MYSELF HEARD IT AND SAID IT IN THE MIDDLE
1950S.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-24-1967 ; 00001950S

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A VARIATION OF THE GAME OF "HIDE AND GO SEEK" IS A GAME
CALLED "NO WITCHES ARE OUT TONIGHT." IN THIS GAME
ONLY ONE PERSON IS SENT OUT TO HIDE. AFTER A FEW
MINUTES THE REST OF THE PLAYERS HAVE TO WALK AROUND
THE PLAYING AREA SHOUTING "NO WITCHES ARE OUT
TONIGHT." THE ONE WHO HAS HIDDEN PICKS THE BEST
OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP OUT AND GRAB THIS PERSON AND AT
THIS TIME THE GRABBED PLAYER IS OUT. WHEN ALL ARE
OUT THE GAME IS ENDED AND A NEW "WITCH" IS CHOSEN.

Submitter comment: I NEVER PLAYED THE GAME BUT I OFTEN WATCHED MY
SMALL COUSINS PLAY IT IN RECENT YEARS. IT IS THERE
THAT I LEARNED IT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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AN OLD RHYME USED TO DETERMINE WHO WAS TO BE "IT" IN
A GAME WHERE THERE IS TO BE ONE PERSON WHO WILL BE
DESIGNATED AS IT, GOES LIKE THIS:
ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, MORE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS COUNTED OFF ON FISTS IN A CIRCLE. THE ONE
WHO HAPPENED TO COME UP "MORE" LAST, WAS "IT."

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-24-1967 ; 00001950S

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BLIND MAN'S BLUFF

A CHILD'S GAME THAT I REMEMBER PLAYING QUITE A FEW
YEARS AGO, WAS ONE CALLED "BLIND MAN'S BLUFF."
ONE OF THE PLAYERS WOULD VOLUNTEER TO BE "IT" FIRST.
HE WOULD SUBMIT TO BEING BLINDFOLDED AND THEN SPUN
AROUND IN A CIRCLE A NUMBER OF TIMES. HE WAS NOT
ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE BLINDFOLD. HE THEN HAD TO WALK
AROUND ATTEMPTING TO CATCH ONE OF THE OTHER PARTICI-
PANTS AND THEREBY MAKE THE ONE CAUGHT BECOME "IT."
SOUNDS EXCITING, DON'T IT?

Submitter comment: I DON'T REMEMBER WHERE WE GOT THE GAME FROM AND AFTER
A WHILE WE STOPPED PLAYING. TOO MANY FELL DOWN AND
GOT HURT WHILE BEING "BLIND."

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Structure for dance, game, pastime, sport, drama, etc.
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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KING OF THE CASTLE

ANY NUMBER OF CHILDREN BEYOND TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME.
YOU MUST HAVE A MOUND OF DIRT OR SNOW, AND SOMEONE
WHO WILL START THE GAME BY STANDING ON TOP OF THE
MOUND. HE YELLS OUT A CHALLENGE: "I'M THE KING OF
THE CASTLE AND YOU'RE THE DIRTY RASCALS." EVERYBODY
CHARGES UP THE MOUND AND TRIES TO THROW THE KING OFF
THEN THERE IS A NEW KING AND HE ISSUES THE SAME
CHALLENGE.

Submitter comment: WE USED TO PLAY IT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, ESPECIALLY
IN THE WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RED ROVER

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH TWO TEAMS MADE UP OF THREE
PEOPLE OR MORE. THE TEAMS STAND OPPOSITE EACH OTHER
AND ABOUT 100 FEET APART. ONE TEAM BEGINS BY SAYING:
RED ROVER, RED ROVER, LET (NAME) COME OVER.
THEN THIS TEAM JOIN HANDS AND STAND APART. THE OBJECT
OF THE GAME IS FOR THE CHOSEN PERSON TO RUN OVER AND
BREAK THROUGH THE WEAKEST LINK IN THE CHAIN. IF HE
SUCCEEDS IN BREAKING THROUGH, ONE OF THE CHILDREN
ON THAT TEAM GOES OVER TO THE OTHER TEAM. IF THE
CHOSEN PERSON DOES NOT BREAK THROUGH, THEN HE MUST
JOIN THAT TEAM. THE GAME THEN PROCEEDS WITH THE
OPPOSITE TEAM DOING THE SAME THING, AND EACH TEAM
ALTERNATES AT TAKING THEIR TURNS. THE GAME ENDS
WHEN THERE IS ONLY ONE TEAM (MEMBER LEFT?)

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM THE OLDER CHLDREN IN MY
NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN I WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CALL IN PEOPLE

TO CALL IN PEOPLE FROM A GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK, THIS
WAS SAID: "HONKO, HONKO, EVERYBODY'S FREE."

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERS IT FROM HER CHILDHOOD DAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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DUCK ON THE ROCK

YOU PLACE A CAN ON A BRICK. EACH PERSON HAS A CAN,
AND TAKE A TURN THROWING THEIR CAN AT THE CAN
ON THE BRICK.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER PLAYED THIS GAME DURING THE DEPRESSION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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HOW MANY MILES TO BETHLEHAM

HOW MANY MILES TO BETHLEHAM?
TWO, FOUR, SIX, EIGHT, TEN.
CAN I GET THERE BY CANDLELIGHT?
YES, COME BACK AGAIN.

THEN OPEN THE GATES AND LET ME THROUGH.
NOW WITHOUT YOUR BAGS AND BOOTS.
HERE ARE MY BAGS, HERE ARE MY BOOTS,
NOW OPEN THE GATES AND LET ME THROUGH.

AT THIS POINT THE PERSON MUST HOP THROUGH AN OPENING
AND GET BY ANOTHER PLAYER WHO IS HOPPING AT THE
SAME TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 11-22-1967

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