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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT,
DON'T LET THE MOSQUITOES BITE.

Where learned: OHIO ; YOUNGSTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): VARIATION: BEDBUGS

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

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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PROVERB

CRAZIER THAN A BESS BUG.

Submitter comment: PROVERBIAL COMPARISON--HEARD BY THE INFORMANT FROM SOME SOUTHERN
KENTUCKY FRIENDS AND NOW USED BY HER.THE BUG INVOLVED RUNS AROUND IN
FIRST ONE DIRECTION, THEN ANOTHER, WITHOUT SEEMING TO KNOW WHERE
ITS GOING. THIS PHRASE IS APPLIED TO PEOPLE WHO DO FOOLISH OR CRAZY
THINGS. USUALLY HE OR SHE IS CRAZIER THAN A BESS BUG.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): BETSY BUG? BED BUG?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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BUG

IF A LIGHTING BUG ENTERS YOUR HOME. THAT IS A SIGN, THAT A STRANGER
IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LIGHTNING BUG FIREFLY INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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PARODY OF A NURSERY RHYME

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB...THAT'S WHAT SHE GETS FOR SLEEPING IN THE
BARN.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BESTIALITY SODOMY BUGGERY ; BIRTH OF ANIMAL FROM HUMAN

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

Date learned: CA00001969

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Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

Our town has a four-day celebration in honor
of the fishfly. We have a carnival and top
it off with a parade on the last day.
This always takes place in June. Fishflys
originate in the Anchor Bay, which is the
bay next to New Baltimore.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT ; June Bug ; May Fly

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 00001971ca

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When the New Year arrives put a spider in your purse, and you
will have money all year long.

Submitter comment: The informant can't remember when she learned this superstition,
but she has been doing it for about 20 years.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): bugs

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 00001950S

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I was told that if you killed an ant, especially a black ant,
it would cause rain to come.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bug superstitions

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 01-00-1978

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REDBUGS AND MOSQUITOES WON'T BITE IF YOU CHEW TOBACCO .

Where learned: TEXAS ; HOUSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): REDBUGS = CHIGGERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 06-11-1971

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Language

Tongue Twister:

The big black bug

Bit the big black bear

In his big black back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Something similar (but shorter) already typed as Prose.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bear ; Black ; Bug ; COLOR ; Language ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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Language

A big black bug bled blue blood.

Submitter comment:

My Neighborhood

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Tongue Twister? This much (A big black bug) already typed as Prose.

Where learned: HOME ;

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; Blue ; Bug ; GAME ; Language ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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Proverb

Snug as a bug in a rug

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW: ALX, RRM

Keyword(s): Bug ; Comfort ; Rug ; SIMILE ; Snug

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Language

Tongue-Twister:

Rubber baby buggy bumpers.

Submitter comment:

She learned it when she was growing up.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Why Verse?

Original BN [C870.570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; BABY ; Buggy ; Bumper ; Language ; Rubber ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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Verse

Good night

Sleep tight

Don't let the bed bugs bite.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Keyword(s): ; Bed Bugs ; Bite ; Lullabye ; Night ; RHYME ; SLEEP ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bed ; Bedbugs ; Bite ; bugs ; SLEEP ; Tight ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

Nightime Safety:

Sleep tight so the bed bugs don't bite.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Bed ; bugs ; Nighttime ; SAFETY ; Saying ; SLEEP ; Tight ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Entertainment: Song

Lady bug, lady bug fly away home
There's a fire in the kitchen and the kids are all alone.

Submitter comment:

Learned from childhood

Data entry tech comment:

Entry by TRD

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Entertainment ; Ladybug ; RHYME ; SONG ; WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS (NATIONALITY GROUP)

A COLONY OF AMISH PEOPLE NOW LIVE IN COLON, MICHIGAN. THEY MOVED
HERE FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO ESCAPE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR TEACHERS NOT
HAVING CERTIFICATES. NOW THEY ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM IN COLON.
ONE CAN TELL AN AMISH HOUSE IN COLON, MICH. BECAUSE THE WINDOWS
NEVER HAVE CURTAINS. THEY ONLY HAVE SHADES. THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY
OR LUXURIES IN THEIR HOUSES. THE PEOPLE OFTEN TAKE THEIR
HORSE AND BUGGY TO THE LOCAL SUPERMARKET, LEAVING THE HORSE TIED
TO A HITCHING POST OFF TO THE SIDE. THEY WILL NEVER BUY FOOD WITH
PRESERVATIVES AND PREFER TO EAT A RATHER THICK TASTING BREAD.
THE INFORMANT SAID THAT SHE TASTED THE BREAD AND COULD NOT STAND
MORE THAN A FEW BITES BECAUSE IT WAS SO RICH.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT FIRST LEARNED OF THE AMISH WHILE GOING TO A FAMILY
COTTAGE IN COLON, MICH. IN 1978. HER DESCRIPTION SOUNDS TYPICAL OF
THE CLASSIC PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH ATTIRE AND ATTITUDE. SIMPLICITY
AND KEEPING TO OLD TRADITIONS ARE INHERENT TO HER DESCRIPTION.
UPON VISITING COLON WITH THE INFORMANT, THE COLLECTOR NOTICED THE
SAME CUSTOMS. ONE HEARS ON THE NEWS ABOUT THE CURRENT PROBLEMS
WITH TEACHING, STRESSING THAT NEW DIFFICULTIES ARE ALWAYS ARISING
WITH THE AMISH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): Amish ; BREAD ; Buggy ; Curtains ; GERMAN ; HORSE ; Preservatives ; Shades ; Simplicity ; Technology

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 00-00-1978

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