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TAUNT

I SEE LONDON,
I SEE FRANCE,
I SEE (NAME OF PERSON)'S UNDERPANTS.

Where learned: OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): HUMOR TAUNT REPETITION ; PLACE NAMES IMPROPRIETY ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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LYRICAL VERSE

ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE;
SUGAR IS SWEET,
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY ; TAUNT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SHAME, SHAME, DOUBLE SHAME,
EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS CHANTED WHENEVER A TEACHER SCOLDED A STUDENT
IN FRONT OF THE CLASS.

Where learned: DORMITORY

Keyword(s): DERISION ; TAUNT

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

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TOUGH, ROUGH AND HARD TI DIAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CONTRADICTION ; TAUNT?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU.

BUT THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
AND THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
AND THE SUGAR IS LUMPED
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM PLAYMATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): INSULT ; TAUNT

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

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT EATS ANTS? A: UNCLES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN AUNTS ANTS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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BRASS BUTTON BLUE COAT CAN'T CATCH A
NANNY GOAT.

Submitter comment: THIS TERM WAS USED BY CHILDREN AT PLAY
IN PITTSBURG, PA. IN THE YEAR 1925.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): TAUNT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU MAKE ANTI-FREEZE?
TAKE HER CLOTHES AWAY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUNT ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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THE HOUSE ON ANTIETAM

MY MOTHER HAD A CHAIR AND SHE KEPT HER ALARM CLOCK AND HAIRPINS
ON IT. IT WAS NEXT TO THE BED. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS IT VIBRATED
SO THAT THE HAIRPINS AND CLOCK WOULD BE THROWN INTO THE AIR.
NOTHING ELSE BUT THE CHAIR WOULD VIBRATE.
ONE DAY THE WOMAN DOWNSTAIRS CAME UP AND SAID THAT IF WE DIDN'T
STOP POUNDING ON THE FOOT OF THE BED AT NIGHT SHE WOULD MOVE.
MY MOTHER AND FATHER HEARD THE NOISE TOO AND COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT.
ONE DAY WE ALL HEARD A BIG COMMOTION IN THE PANTRY AND A LOAF OF
BREAD WAS FLUNG THROUGH THE DINING ROOM AND INTO THE LIVING ROOM.
MY MOTHER WAS SO UPSET ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS THAT SHE SAID: GOD, I
CAN'T STAND THIS ANY LONGER. IF YOU WILL TAKE THESE THINGS FROM ME
I WILL BE A CATHOLIC. THE MANIFESTATIONS STOPPED AND SHE BECAME
A CATHOLIC. NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS HAPPENED SINCE. MAYBE SHE IS THE
KIND OF PERSON THE SPIRITS CAN WORK THROUGH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAW AND EXPERIENCED THESE THINGS WITH HER FAMILY.
THESE THINGS HAPPENED IN DETROIT IN ABOUT 1910

Data entry tech comment: CORRECTED SOME SPELLING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): HAUNTED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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SMART ALECK RHYME

LIAR, LIAR, TWO BY FOUR
CAN'T GET THROUGH THE KITCHEN DOOR.
I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUPLETS TAUNT LIAR

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE HOUSE ON MENDOTA

EVERY MORNING ABOUT TEN O'CLOCK FOOTSTEPS WOULD COME DOWN THE
STAIRS AND WALK OVER TO THE BUFFET. THEN WE WOULDN'T HEAR THEM
ANY MORE. WE NEVER SAW ANYONE BUT THEY DIDN'T MISS A DAY. IN THIS
SAME HOUSE I COULD STAND AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS AND NO MATTER
HOW HARD I WOULD THROW WHATEVER I THREW WOULD ONLY GO ONE STEP
AND THEN FALL ON THE STEP AS THOUGH SOMEONE WAS CATCHING THE
THINGS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LIVED IN THIS HOUSE IN DETROIT IN 1942.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): GHOST ; HAUNTED HOUSE.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 05-12-1965 ; 00-00-1942

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IN THE TOWN THAT MY PARENTS CAME FROM IN AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, THE
CHURCH WAS HAUNTED AND PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT NO ONE COULD GO IN THERE
AFTER SUNSET. IF YOU WERE PASSING BY IN THE EVENING, YOU COULD
HEAR ALL SORTS OF STRANGE NOISES AND MOANINGS, EVEN SCREAMS.
ONE WOMAN SAID THAT SHE DIDN'T BELIEVE THE STORIES AND THAT SHE
MEANT TO GO IN THERE ONE EVENING AND SEE FOR HERSELF. SHE DID
GO IN THERE AFTER MIDNIGHT AND WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN. THE NEXT
MORNING ALL OF HER CLOTHING WAS FOUND ON THE FLOOR OF THE CHURCH.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): GHOST ; HAUNTED CHURCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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WHY HE SOLD HIS HOUSE.

EVERY DAY ABOUT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON THE DOORKNOB TURNED ON
THE FRONT DOOR AND MY WIFE AND I COULD HEAR SOMEONE COME IN.
WE WOULD RUSH TO THE SPOT, BUT THERE WOULD NEVER BE ANYONE THERE.
A LITTLE WHILE LATER EVERY DAY WE WOULD HEAR THE WORST COMMOTION
IN THE BASEMENT- LIKE TWO MEN GRUNTING, HITTING, AND BANGING
FURNITURE AROUND DOWN THERE. THEN WE WOULD HEAR THE SOUND OF
SOMEONE DUMPING COAL IN THE DRIVEWAY, BUT THERE WAS NEVER ANY COAL
THERE OR ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WE COULD FIND.
A FEW TIMES WE CALLED THE POLICE FROM THE PALMER PARK STATION TO
COME OVER AND HEAR THE NOISE. THEY HEARD IT TOO BUT COULD NOT
FIND OUT WHO WAS MAKING IT. WE MOVED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THIS STORY IN 1955 WHILE HE WAS FILLING
MY TEETH. HE SAID THE HOUSE WAS ON SAN JUAN, TWO BLOCKS OFF OF SIX
MILE ( IN DETROIT ) .

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAUNTED HOUSE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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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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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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THESE PEOPLE WENT DRIVING NEAR ROANOKE, VIRGINIA. THEY STOPPED
THE CAR AND WERE SITTING THERE, WHEN A HAND REACHED OUT AND
CAUGHT HOLD OF THE HANDLE OF THE CAR DOOR OUTSIDE. A HAND WAS
ALL THEY COULD SEE. IT WAS ALL BLOODY AND TORN UP. THEY TOOK
OFF AS FAST AS THEY COULD, BUT THE HAND FELL OFF AND THEY
COULDN'T FIND IT.
THEY FOUND OUT THE NEXT DAY THAT A MAN HAD BEEN KILLED WHERE THEY
WERE THAT NIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

James Callow Keyword(s): GHOST HAUNTS SCENE OF ACCIDENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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THIS BOY WAS GOING TO HIS COUSIN'S TO GO FISHING WITH THEM.
WHEN HE GOT OFF THE TRAIN, NOBODY WAS THERE TO MEET HIM, SO HE
TOLD THE TRAINMASTER THAT HE WOULD WALK. THE TRAINMASTER THEN
SAID, "BEWARE OF JACOB MARLEY." THE BOY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT
HE MEANT, BUT HE STARTED WALKING TOWARD HIS COUSIN'S HOUSE. IT
WAS RAINING AND THUNDERING WHEN HE HAD SET OUT. HE HADN'T BEEN
WALKING VERY LONG WHEN HE HEARD A WAGON AND HORSES BEHIND HIM.
HE SAW AN OLD MAN DRIVING AN OLD WAGON. WHEN THE WAGON CAME
NEARER, HE YELLED OUT, "CAN I HAVE A RIDE?" NO ANSWER CAME
FROM THE MAN, SO THE BOY JUMPED ON.
WHEN HE WAS NEARING HIS COUSIN'S HOUSE HE SAID, "I GET OFF HERE,"
BUT THE WAGON KEPT GOING. HE JUMPED OFF, BUT HE HAD LEFT HIS
SUITCASE ON THE WAGON. HE WENT IN AND TOLD HIS COUSINS ALL ABOUT
WHAT HAPPENED. THEY SAID, "YOU MUST OF BEEN RIDING WITH JACOB
MARLEY."
THIS IS THE STORY THEY TOLD HIM:
ONE NIGHT, IT WAS THUNDERING AND LIGHTENING, AND IT WAS RAINING
VERY BAD. JACOB MARLEY WAS DRIVING HIS CARRIAGE ALONG THAT SAME
ROAD THAT NIGHT. THERE WAS A SHARP RIGHT TURN ABOVE THEIR
HOUSE, AND MARLEY HAD GONE OVER THE CLIFF.
THE NEXT MORNING THEY WENT DOWN TO THE CLIFF AND FOUND HIS
SUITCASE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT

James Callow Keyword(s): GHOST HAUNTS SCENE OF ACCIDENT.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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DOOR KNOB GHOST

DURING WORLD WAR II, IN DARIEN, GEORGIA, TWO WOMEN LIVED
ALONE WHILE THEIR HUSBANDS WERE IN SERVICE. ONE NIGHT
WHEN ALONE THEY SAW THE DOORKNOB TO THEIR BEDROOM DOOR
TURN. DECIDING TO FIND OUT THE CAUSE OF THIS, ONE
STOOD BY THE DOOR TO JERK IT OPEN WHILE THE OTHER WAS
GOING TO HIT THE ASSAILANT OVER THE HEAD. WHEN THE
DOORKNOB TURNED AGAIN, THEY OPENED THE DOOR TO FIND
AN EMPTY HALL ON THE OTHER SIDE. IN THIS SAME HOUSE,
THEY FREQUENTLY HEARD BABY CRIES WHEN THERE WAS NO
BABY IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

James Callow Keyword(s): HAUNTED HOUSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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HAVE A NICE TRIP, SEE YOU NEXT FALL.

Submitter comment: WE SAID THIS AS CHILDREN TO AGGRAVATE SOMEONE WHO HAD
JUST TRIPPED OR FALLEN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): TAUNT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Belief: Animal

It is a belief among hunters that is a bear looks at you eye to eye at the instant you kill it, its spirit will haunt you after its death.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Regarding set-up of the submission card:

By moving the circumstances of collecting information to the right (taking up 2 instead of 1 line with it) you'll leave room for a title.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Pioneer

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bear ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; Haunting ; HUNTING ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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