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SINGING, DANCING, CLAPPING GAME

AH BEEP-BEEP, WALKING DOWN THE STREET, TEN TIMES A WEEK. UMGOWWOW, UM GOW WOW! THIS IS THE POWER. I SAID IT, I MEANT IT. I'M HERE TO REPRESENT IT. I'M A COOL, COOL NIGGER FROM A COOL, COOL TOWN. IT TAKES ANOTHER COOL NIGGER TO KNOCK ME DOWN. IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY APPLES, DON'T SHAKE MY TREE. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU DON'T MESS WITH ME. I SAID, I'M COOL, I'M FINE, I'M SOUL SISTER #9, GONNA SAY IT ONE MORE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO BRAG ; SPORTS BASEBALL

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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IT IS ONE THING TO BE SMART AND KNOW IT AND ANOTHER TO BE SMART AND
LET EVERYBODY ELSE KNOW IT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAGGING EGOTISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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PROVERB

BLOW YOUR OWN HORN.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; BRAG ; DATING ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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PROVERB

BRAG IS A GOOD DOG BUT HOLDFAST IS BETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PERSONIFICATION

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAGGING ; OBSERVATION ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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GOOD DEEDS

"GOOD DEEDS SPEAK OF THEMSELVES. THE TONGUE ONLY INTERRUPTS THEIR
ELOQUENCE."

Submitter comment: SEMINARY PROVERB.

Where learned: SAINT JOSAPHAT SEMINARY ; WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): BRAGGING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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Fish trap don make noise, but it do good work.

Submitter comment: A person's effectiveness is not measured by the amount of
noise he makes but by his accomplishments.

Where learned: VIRGIN ISLANDS ; Saint Thomas

Keyword(s): don = don't

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAGGING ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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RETORT

WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU IF YOU HAVE A MATCH, YOU CHEERILY ANSWER BACK:
"YEAH, DAFFY DUCK AND SPIRO AGNEW." OR "SURE -- ME AND SUPERMAN."

Submitter comment: I OBTAINED THIS ONE WITHOUT EVEN ASKING FOR IT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAG BOAST ; CARTOON CHARACTER DAFFY DUCK ANIMAL ; VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: SPIRO AGNEW

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

Do you have a match? No, not since Superman died.

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): BOAST ; BRAG ; COMEBACK ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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IF YOU BRAG, TO BREAK THE BAD SPELL, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY
KNOCK ON WOOD.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BRAG ; BRAG ; Knock On Wood ; Spell ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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