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YOU SWEEP WITH A BROOM,
YOU MOP WITH A MOP,
BUT WHATEVER YOU DO,
DON'T MARRY A WOP.

Submitter comment:

THIS WOMAN, WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PERMITTED
ME TO COLLECT THESE VERSES FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
THE VERSES WERE ENTERED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES
IN 1939.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM=WOP (FOR ITALIAN)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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SAYING

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WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND PEOPLE WOULD GIVE THINGS AND TAKE THEM
BACK, THE CHILDREN WOULD SAY,
DON'T BE AN INDIAN GIVER.

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I LEARNED THIS SAYING IN ABOUT 1950, IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; FUNCTION ; RACISM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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A NEGRO STORY

A LITTLE JUNGLE BUNNY (NEGRO) WAS PLAYING WITH HIS
CHEMISTRY SET. SUDDENLY, IT EXPLODED AND MADE HIS
SKIN TURN WHITE. HE RAN IN THE HOUSE SCREECHING FOR
HIS MOMMY. SHE WAS COOKING AND DIDN'T LOOK AT HIM.
"GO 'WAY. GO BOTHER YO' DADDY FO' WHAT YOU WANTS."
HE RAN TO HIS DADDY. HE WAS WATCHING A BASEBALL GAME
AND DRINKING BEER. HE DIDN'T LOOK AT HIM. "I'SE
BUSY. GO BOTHER YO' MOMMY. GO 'WAY." THIS MADE
THE BOY MAD. "I'SE ONLY BEEN WHITE FO' FIVE MINUTES
AND ALREADY I HATES NIGGERS."

Submitter comment:

HARRY HEARD THIS STORY IN A DEARBORN BAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; RACISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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THE ALLIGATOR

THIS GUY WALKS INTO A BAR WITH AN ALLIGATOR. HE SAID
TO THE BAR KEEP, "DO YOU SERVE NIGGERS?"
BAR KEEP, "YES."
"GIVE ME A BEER AND A COUPLE OF NIGGERS FOR MY
ALLIGATOR."

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD THIS JOKE WHILE HE WAS EMPLOYED AT
THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY DURING THE SUMMER OF 1964.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; RACISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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ON PLYMOUTH ROAD THERE IS AN OLD CLOSED UP SANITARIUM
AND PEOPLE SAY IF YOU GO DOWN THERE AT NIGHT YOU CAN SEE
THE NUTS WALK AROUND INSIDE AND YOU CAN SEE PLATES WITH
SANDWICHES AND VASES WITH LIVE FLOWERS. PEOPLE SAY NUTS
STILL COME BACK THERE BECAUSE THEY LIKED IT SO MUCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM=NUTS ; INSANE PEOPLE

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

Date learned: 04-05-1972

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ITALIAN VULGAR GESTURE

THE ITALIAN GESTURE EQUIVALENT TO THE AMERICAN
"FINGER" (THE CENTER FINGER OF THE LEFT HAND POINTED
UPWARD) WHICH MEANS "FUCK YOU" IS TO STRIKE THE LEFT
ARM JUST ABOVE THE ELBOW WITH THE FIST OF THE
RIGHT HAND. THE FOREARM (LEFT) SWINGS UPWARD.

Where learned: ITALY

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM ; INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
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Date learned: 00001969 FALL

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SCREW JOB

AN ITALIAN GESTURE FORMED BY CLENCHING FIST WITH ARM
IN A POSITION SIMILAR TO AN ARM IN A SLING. THE
WHOLE ARM IS THEN JERKED BACK AND SLIGHTLY OUTWARD.
THIS SIGNIFIES THAT SOMEONE HAS SCREWED ME OR
JEWED ME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
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Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Ethnic Joke: Italian

Two old friends are at an airport, watching theplanes land and take off. Suddenly, one says to the other, "Hey! I bet you $25.00 that the Pope is aboard that plane!" The other guy, thinking that he has a safe bet says "you're on!" They watch the plane land, and sure enough, the red carpet rolls out to meet the plane and the Pope walks out! Later, as they guy pays off his debt, he asks, "How in the world did you know that the Pope would be on board?" "Simple," replied the other. "The plane was marked T.W.A., and as we all know, that means Top Wop Aboard!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission Card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Italian, Ethnic

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): AIRPLANES ; Airport ; Bet ; DEROGATORY ; DEROGATORY TERM=WOP (FOR ITALIAN) ; ETHNIC JOKE ; ETHNIC SLUR ; Gamble ; JOKE ; Pope ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566
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