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CRUISIN' FOR A BRUISIN'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD 105

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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MOVE IT OR LOSE IT.

Submitter comment: THIS STATEMENT IS MADE WHEN SOMEONE IS IN YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; SOUTH QUAD 109

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-04-1971

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FULL HOUSE

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RESPONSE MY DAD WOULD GIVE IF SOMEONE STARTED TO GO
INTO THE BATHROOM WHILE HE WAS ON THE TOILET.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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THAT IS ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A BUBBLE GUM MACHINE IN A LOCK JAW WARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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LITTLE PITCHERS HAVE BIG EARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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THAT'S A HOLE IN THE GROUND OR THAT'S A DEEP SUBJECT.

Submitter comment: THESE WERE USED BY MY FATHER IN RESPONSE TO "OH WELL!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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WHEN SOMEONE SAYS "WELL...", ANSWER, "THAT'S A DEEP SUBJECT
FOR SUCH A SHALLOW MIND."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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WHEN SOMEONE SAYS, "HEY" OR "HEY YOU", ANSWER, "STRAW'S CHEAPER,
GRASS IS FREE; IF YOU LIVE ON A FARM YOU GET ALL THREE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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WHAT DO YOU THINK-MY HEAD'S A YOYO?

Submitter comment: USED WHEN A PERSON FEELS THAT SOMEONE ELSE THINKS HE IS
COMPLETELY STUPID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; WEST QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE?

Submitter comment: USED WHEN SOMEONE IS TOO QUIET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; WEST QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW OUT TOO FAR, IT MIGHT COME HOME IN
ANOTHER CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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YOU FELL OFF AN OAK TREE.

Submitter comment: MEANING DID YOU FALL OFF YOUR ROCKER?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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RIGHT ON LIKE A BULLET THROUGH THE FENCE.

Submitter comment: MEANS NOT RIGHT ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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MAY A DUCK KICK YOU YET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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THERE AIN'T THAT MUCH WALKING IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS USED IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, FREQUENTLY
BETWEEN 1969 AND 1971 AS A REPLY TO A QUESTION OR COMMAND. IF
AN INDIVIDUAL WAS ASKED OR TOLD TO DO SOMETHING WHICH HE FELT
TO BE AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK OR, AT THE TIME, WAS TOO LAZY TO DO,
THE INDIVIDUAL WOULD REPLY THE ABOVE. OTHER TERMS WERE
SOMETIMES SUBSTITUTED FOR WALKING, SUCH AS: THINKING, DOING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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WHEN A PERSON APPROACHES YOU AND SAYS "HI", YOU ANSWER THEM
BY SAYING "I WISH I WERE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-16-1971

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WHEN SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING WITH WHICH YOU DON'T AGREE, THEN
A COMMON RESPONSE IS FOR THE HEARER TO SAY "BULLSHIT..." AND
THEN AFTER A PAUSE ADD "MAKES THE GRASS GROW GREEN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-21-1971

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ON ENTERING A ROOM OR HOUSE THE PERSON ENTERING SAYS "HI".
THE PERSON SITTING THERE RESOPNDS, "I WISH I WAS."

Submitter comment: THE REFERENCE IS GENERALLY MAKE IN TERMS OF INTOXICATION OF
ANY FORM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-24-1971

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"NICE PLAY SHAKESPEARE; WHEN'S YOUR NEXT ACT?"

Submitter comment: THIS PHRASE IS USED WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING COMPLETELY OUT
OF PLACE OR HAS A MINOR ACCIDENT; LIKE SPILLING MILK, ETC.
MY BROTHER USED THIS LINE ALOT, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND VERY
CLUMSY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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I HAVE TO BE IN WHEN THE STREET LIGHTS GO ON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS AS A JOKING MOCK OF PARENTAL RULES
ON WHEN TO BE IN AT NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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