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MY MOTHER WAS TAUGHT THIS POEM WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND SHE SAYS THAT SHE HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN IT: A WISE OLD O; SAT IN AN OAK,

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE, EXAMPLE ; CHIASMUS ; METER: ANAPESTIC DIMETER ; RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME: MASCULINE, INTERNAL, AABB

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

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WHEN I'M DEAD AND IN MY GRAVE,
NO MORE WHISKEY SHALL I CRAVE,
FOR ON MY TOMBSTONE SHALL BE WROTE,
MANY A QUART'S WENT DOWN MY THROAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; METER: ANAPESTIC DIMETER ; MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN EPITAPH EUPHEMISM ; POOR GRAMMAR ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

MM[ REMEMBER A
REMEMBER B
BUT C THAT U
REMEMBER ME.

Submitter comment: FOUND IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE:POSITIVE ; FRIENDSHIP ; IAMBIC DIMETER ; RHYME: ABCB ; TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS TWICE IN A MOMENT,
ONCE IN A MINUTE,
BUT NOT AT ALL IN A THOUSAND YEARS? (THE LETTER M).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): DIMINISHING CHAIN DIMINUTIVE CHAIN ; SPELLING RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL

A HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
A HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER,
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER,
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
NINETY-EIGHT BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL.
( ETC. THIS GOES ALL THE WAY TO ZERO BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL.)

Submitter comment: THIS IS A DRINKING SONG, OR A SONG SUNG ON TRIPS LIKE BUS RIDES OR
PICNICS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN--DIMINUTIVE, NOT CUMULATIVE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 10-10-1972

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

REMEMBER A
REMEMBER B
BUT C THAT U
REMEMBER ME.

Submitter comment: FOUND IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE:POSITIVE ; FRIENDSHIP ; IAMBIC DIMETER ; RHYME: ABCB ; TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 10-08-1965

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Faerie: Elves and Time Travellers

There is no such thing as "a fairy," but rather "Faerie" is a place - a half-remembered world perhaps existing in another dimension. "Faerie" was inhabited not by faeries but by elves. These Elves were not diminutive, but tall, pale, thin and fair. They were especially noted for their grey eyes. They are unable to touch iron: suggesting that these were early time-travellers unable to come in contact with magnetic sources without "grounding out" of the earthly dimension.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector stamped a home address stamp onto the card in the place of "collector data."

Stamp reads: Mrs.W.E. Givens, Jr.

They then crossed out the Prefix and first initials [Mrs. W.E.] of the name, and wrote an indecipherable scrawl over the suffix [Jr.]. This scrawl may possibly be Rev. or Esq.

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs number P400 was crossed out and P423 was substituted.

Where learned: WALES ; ABERYSTWYTH

Keyword(s): Attributes ; Dimension ; Elf ; Elves ; Faerie ; Fairy ; IRON ; Legend ; Lore ; METAL ; MYTH ; Physics ; Time-Traveler

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Proverbial Saying

A dimple in your cheek,
Many hearts you will seek.
A dimple in your chin,
Many hearts you will win.

Submitter comment:

My grandmother used to tell me this because I have a dimple in
my chin, and did not like it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Puckett, Ohio, no. 12841: "A dimple on the chin, /
Many lovers you will win." -- Irish - Dutch - German informant.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): Apothegm ; Cheek ; Dimple ; LOVE ; Maxim ; PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001950S

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Proverbial Saying

Dimples:

A dimple in your cheek, Gentle and Meek.

A dimple in your chin, Devil within.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Anonymous

Keyword(s): Apothegm ; DEVIL ; Dimple ; Gentle ; Maxim ; Meek ; PROVERB ; Saying ; VERSE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Marriage

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Blue bottom trousers, buttons made of brass, loose around the ankles tight around the ass. Ask me any questions surely I won't tell, if you don't believe me you can go to WELL...hello operator give me number nine; if the line is busy give me back my dime.

Other endings might be "you look like frankenstein" or any "-ine" ending.

Submitter comment:

He learned it in school when he was about 10 or 11

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Taste? Also, Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Blue ; Button ; Dime ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Operator ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RHYME ; SONG ; TONGUE TWISTER ; Trousers ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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NEW YEAR' BELIEF FOR GOOD LUCK: PLACE A DIME IN A BIG BOWL
OF BLACK-EYED PEAS AND AS EACH PERSON IS SERVED WHOEVER HAS THE DIME IN HIS OR HER BOWL
HAS BETTER LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black-Eyed Peas ; Dime ; FOOD ; fortune ; holiday ; LUCK ; MONEY ; New Years

James Callow Keyword(s): COIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-08-1973

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ELECTROCUTIONS

IT IS A COMMON BELIEF, REINFORCED BY MOVIES AND TELEVISION
SHOWS, THAT THE LIGHTS IN A PENITENTIARY DIM WHEN A CONVICT
IS ELECTROCUTED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Death Row ; Dim ; Electricity ; ELECTROCUTION ; JAIL ; Lethal ; Lights ; Penitentiary ; PRISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

A DIMPLE IN YOUR CHEEK --
YOU ARE GENTLE AND MEEK
A DIMPLE IN YOUR CHIN --
THE DEVIL IS WITHIN

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): Cheek ; Demeanor ; DEVIL ; Dimple ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; SONG

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; QUATRAIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Use of Object P860.438

Date learned: 02-03-1970

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