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SEE MY FINGER, SEE MY THUMB,
SEE MY FIST, YOU BETTER RUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BULLY ; DIALECT ; ELLIPSIS, SURPRISE ENDING ; METER: ANAPESTIC ; MONOLOGUE UNDERSTATEMENT FIGHTING ; RHYME: MASCULINE ; THREAT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SCARE

SEE MY FINGER, SEE MY THUMB,
SEE MY FIST, YOU BETTER RUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BULLY ; ELLIPSIS, SURPRISE ENDING ; METER: ANAPESTIC ; MONOLOGUE UNDERSTATEMENT DIALECT FIGHTING ; RHYME: MASCULINE ; THREAT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE GRASS IS RIZ,
WHERE LAST YEAR'S
CARELESS DRIVER IS.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN PARISH BULLETIN.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; DEATH ; DRIVING ; METER: IAMBIC ; MONOLOGUE SLANG, DIALECT ; PUN ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB

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

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CHEER

UMBA SASSA, UMBA SASSA,
HIT 'EM IN DA HEAD WITH A BIG KILBASA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED IN POLISH HIGH SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment: KIELBASA=POLISH SAUSAGE

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): DIALECT, SLANG THREAT FOOD ; METER: TROCHAIC ; RHYME: FEMININE

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

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WE MUST, WE MUST,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.
THE BIGGER THE BETTER,
THE TIGHTER THE SWEATER,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANATOMY ; BOSOM BREAST ; FUNCTION GROWING UP ; MONOLOGUE SLANG DIALECT ; REFRAIN, QUATRAIN? ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, AABBA

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

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" DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN ME SCHOOL "

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
HEAD ACHER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY SWEATS BROWER, YA MAMA DEAR,
SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAY " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY EYE BLINKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY CHEESE SMELLER, YA MAMA DEAR,
CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINT TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY COOKIE DUSTER, YA MAMA DEAR,
COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER,
HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY BULL-SHOOTER, YA MAMA DEAR,
BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER,
SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY JAW BREAKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER,
EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY RUBBER NECKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
RUBBER NECKER, JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE
SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS "VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY CHEST PROTECTOR, YA MAMA DEAR,
CHEST PROTECTOR, RUBBER NECKER, JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER,
COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER
HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY TUMMY ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
TUMMY ACHER, CHEST PROTECTOR, RUBBER NECKER, JAW BREAKER,
BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER, EYE BLINKER,
SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL.

I POINTS TO MYSELF AND SAYS " VAT IS DAS HERE? "
DAS IS MY TROUBLE MAKER, YA MAMA DEAR,
TROUBLE MAKER, TUMMY ACHER, CHEST PROTECTOR, RUBBER NECKER,
JAW BREAKER, BULL SHOOTER, COOKIE DUSTER, CHEESE SMELLER,
EYE BLINKER, SWEATS BROWER, HEAD ACHER, YA MAMA DEAR,
DAS WHAT I LEARNED IN MY SCHOOL

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ACTION SONG I LEARNED WHEN I WAS IN KINDERGARTEN. AS YOU
SING THE SONG YOU ACTUALLY POINT TO THE VARIOUS PARTS MENTIONED. CO
1. HEAD ACHER-FORE HEAD
2. SWEATS BROWER-ABOVE EYES
3. EYE BLINKER-EYE LIDS
4. CHEESE SMELLER-NOSE
5. COOKIE DUSTER-UPPER LIP
6. BULL SHOOTER-MOUTH
7. JAW BREAKER-JAW
8. RUBBER NECKER-NECK
9. CHEST PROTECKER-CHEST
10. TUMMY ACHER-STOMACH
11. TROUBLE MAKER-FANNY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE SONG ; GERMAN DIALECT NAMES ; SONG WITH GESTURES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-04-1972

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SCOTTISH PROVERB

IF YOU KEN ME, COME AND LIVE WE ME.

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS IF YOU LIKE ME, COME AND LIVE WITH ME AND IS AN OLD
SCOTTISH PROVERB WHICH MRS. CAMPBELL STILL USES.

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; KEN=KNOW ; SCOTTISH DIALECT ; WE=WI'

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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OLE PETE BATEESE

OLE PETE BATEESE GOT CHASE ONE NIGHT
BY WOLF UP BY THE SOO.
DESE WOLF DEY T'REE, FOUR IN DE PACK
AND DEY SCARE HIM TRU AND TRU.
PRETTY SOON OLE PETE CLIMB UP A TREE;
HE T'INK HE STAY AWHILE.
DESE WOLF DEY SIT DOWN IN DE SNOW
AND LICK DERE CHOPS AND SMILE.
PETE QUICK TWO WOLF GO TROT AWAY;
PETE T'INK DE REST SOON GO.
PRETTY QUICK DESE WOLF COME RIGHT STRAIGHT BACK;
PETE'S SPIRITS DEY SINK LOW.
FOR W'AT YOU T'INK DESE WOLF DEY GOT?
BIG BEAVER- ONE? NO- TWO!
DEY SET DEM DOWN BESIDE DAT TREE
AND SAY, "BY GAR, NOW CHEW."
DOSE BEAVER START IN CHEW DAT TREE;
DEY CHEW LIKE BEAT DE BAND.
PETE T'INK HE SOON BE ON DE GROUN'
UNLESS HE TAKE A HAND.
SO PETE PULL OUT HIS ONE-QUART HOOCH
AND LET IT RUN OUT SLOW.
IT TRICKLE DOWN DE TRUNK TO WHERE
DOSE BEAVER CHEW BELOW.
DOSE BEAVER DEY GOT DRUNK, BY GAR.
DEY DON'T SEE NONE TOO GOOD.
DEY MAKE MISTAKE AND CHEW DE WOLF
INSTEAD OF CHEW DE TREE.
DOSE WOLF RUN 'WAY, AND PETE CLIMB DOWN
AND SIT DOWN IN DE SNOW.
AND CRY AND CRY TO T'INK FOR WHERE
HIS ONE-QUART HOOCH SHE GO.

Submitter comment: THIS POEM IS RECITED ON WEEKEND PARTIES BY
CHEERS FROM THE LOGGING CREWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

James Callow Keyword(s): FRENCH DIALECT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

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"ZE SKUNK, ZE SKUNK"

I HUNT ZE BEAR; I HUNT ZE WOLF;
SOMETIMES I HUNT ZE RAT.
LAS' WEEK I TAKE MY AX
AN' HUNT ZE SKUNK POLECAT.
MY FRIEND JACQUES SAYS HE'S VER' GOOD FUR,
AN' SOMETIME GOOD TO EAT.
I TELL MY WIFE I GET FUR COAT
AN' SAME TIME GET SOME MEAT.
I WALK TWO, T'REE, FOUR MILE.
I FEEL WAN AWFUL SMELL.
I SAY DIS SKUNK HE'S UP AND DIE,
AN' FUR COAT GONE TO HELL.
BIMEBY I SEE ZE SKUNK,
CLOSE UP BY ONE BEEG TREE.
I SNEAK UP VERA CLOSE BEHIN',
AN' T'INK HE'S NO SEE ME.
BIMEBY I'M CLOSE UP BY ZE SKUNK.
I RAISE MY AX UP HIGH,
WHEN ... UP, KERPLUNK, DIS DAM', DAM' SKUNK
SHE'S T'ROW SOMET'ING IN MY EYE.
SACRE BLU! I T'INK I'M BLIN'.
GEE WHIZ! I CAN NO SEE!
I WALK ROUN' AN' ROUN' AN' ROUN'
AN' BUMP IN DAM' OL' TREE!
BIMEBY I DROP MY AX
AN' LIGHT OUT FOR DA SHACK.
I T'INK A MILLION SKUNKS
DEY CLIM' UPON MY BACK.
MY WIFE SHE MEET ME AT DA DOOR.
SHE SEEK ON ME DA DOG.
SHE SAY."YOU NO SLEEP HERE TONIGHT.
YOU GO SLEEP MIT DA HOG."
I TRY TO CLIM' IN HOG PEN.
GEE WHIZ! NOW WHAT YOU TINK?
DAT DAM' O' HOG NOT STAN' FOR DAT
ON 'COUNT OF AWFUL STINK.
NO MORE I'M HUNT ZE SKUNK POLECAT
TO GET HIS FUR OR MEAT.
FOR IF HIS BREATH HE SMELL SO BAD,
GEE WHIZ WHAT EEFF HE SPEET.

Submitter comment: THIS POEM WAS USUALLY RECITED AROUND A FIRE ON
SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE LOGGING CAMP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): LOGGING POEMS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRENCH DIALECT ; SPIT

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

Date learned: 03-04-1990

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BACKGROUND: A FIRM IN GERMANY ORDERED COFFEE FROM A FIRM IN
THE UNITED STATES. WHILE THE COFFEE WAS ENROUTE, A COUPLE OF BAGS
BROKE OPEN AND RATS NESTED IN THE COFFEE. THE GERMAN FIRM SENT
THE FOLLOWING LETTER CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF THE COFFEE --

135 WILHELMSTRASSE
HAMBERG, GERMANY

SCHENTELMENS:

DER LAST 2 PECKETECHES VE GOT FROM YOU OFF KOFFEE WAS MIT
RATTSCHIDT GEMIXT. DER KOFFEE MAY BE GUTE ENUF, BUT DER
RATTSDURDS SCHBOILS DER TRADE. VE DID NOT SEE DER RATTSCHIDT IN
DER SEMBLES VICH YOU SENT US FOR EXAMINASHUN.

IT TAKES SO MUTCH TIME TO PEK DER RATTSDURDS FROM DER KOFFEE.
VE ORDER DER KLEEN KOFFEE AND YOU SCHIPT SCHIDT MIXT MIT DER
KOFFEE. IT VUS A MISCHTAKE, YA? VE LIKE YOU TO SCHIPP US
DER KOFFEE IN VUN ZAK UND DER RATTSCHIDT IN DER ODER ZAK, DEN
VE MIXT IT TO SUIT DER KOSTOMER.

WRITE PLEASE IF VE SCHOULDT SCHIPP DER SCHIDT BEK UND KEEP DER
KOFFEE ODER IF VE SCHOULDT KEEP DER SCHIDT UND SCHIPP DER
KOFFEE BEK, OR SCHIPP DER HOLD SCHIDDEN VORK BEK.

VE VENT TO DO RITE IN DIS MADDER, BUT VE DON'T LIKE DISS
RATTSCHIDT BIZZINESS.

MIT MUTCH RESPECTS,

KARL GRUMMENSCHIDT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GERMAN DIALECT ; HUMOR -- LINGUISTIC ; PACKAGES RAT SHIT RAT TURDS SACK CUSTOMER SHIP LETTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

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Language

Shor 'nuff

Submitter comment:

Meaning "is that right?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Classification?

Keyword(s): Dialect6 ; Enough ; Folk ; Language ; SLANG ; SPEECH ; Sure ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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