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PROVERB

CONFUCIUS SAY: BUTCHER WHO BACK INTO MEAT GRINDER GET LITTLE
BEHIND IN HIS WORK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; PARODY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN THE OLDEN DAYS IT WAS BELIEVED BY THE YOUNG THAT THE
DOCTOR BROUGHT THE BABIES IN A LITTLE BLACK BAG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; PREGNANCY WITHOUT SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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BELIEF

STORKS CARRY BABIES TO THEIR PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; MICHIGAN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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CUSTOM DEATH

PUSHING UP DAISIES
SOMETIMES YOU REFER TO DYING AS PUSHING UP DAISIES.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CAMPUS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; PLANT ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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THE FOLLOWING IS RECALLED FROM THE RESPONDENT'S CHILDHOOD ALTHOUGH
THE EXACT SOURCE LEARNED FROM IS NOT REMEMBERED:
THE "MITTEN" SHAPE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN WAS FORMED IN THE FINAL
STAGES OF GOD'S FORMATION OF THE PLANET. AFTER THE CREATOR WAS
THROUGH IN FORMING THE EARTH, HE PLACED HIS HAND ON THE SPHERES
SURFACE IN ORDER TO EXAMINE HIS WORK. WHEN THE HAND OF GOD WAS
REMOVED IT LEFT AN IMPRESSION AND RESULTED IN THE STATE'S SHAPE AND
DIMENSIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creator B220.438
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation

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THE FOLLOWING IS A FLIM-FLAM TECHNIQUE ONE STUDENT USES TO GET INTO
SOLD OUT EVENTS SUCH AS CONCERTS OR ATHLETIC CONTESTS: THE CORNER OF
A TWENTY DOLLAR BILL IS CUT OFF AND CAREFULLY ATTACHED BY SOME SORT
OF GLUE TO THE CORNER OF A ONE DOLLAR BILL. THE CURENCY IS THEN
FOLDED FOUR OR FIVE TIMES SO THAT JUST THE CORNER SHOWING THE $20
IS EXPOSED. THIS "TWENTY" IS OFFERED TO THE TICKET TAKER WHO-BECAUSE
HE DOES NOT WANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO HIMSELF-USUALLY POCKETS THE
BILL QUICKLY WITHOUT CAREFUL EXAMINATION. THE STUDENT THEN SCAMPERS
INTO THE STADIUM OR ARENA TO SEE THE SCHEDULED EVENT AT BARGAIN
PRICES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISHONESTY ; EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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THE FOLLOWING VERSE WAS USED AS A TEASE BY SCHOOL CHILDREN:
"(NAME OF BOY) AND (NAME OF GIRL)
SITTING IN A TREE
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIST COMES LOVE
THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES (NAME OF BOY OR GIRL) WITH A BABY CARRIAGE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; IRREGULAR RHYME ; METONYMY ; OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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THREE LITTLE DEVILS

THREE LITTLE DEVILS ALL DRESSED IN RED
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD
BUT THE THREAD STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY ALL FELL
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO....
REPEAT: TWO LITTLE DEVILS
USING: AND THEN ONE LITTLE DEVIL
ONE LITTLE DEVIL ALL DRESSED IN RED
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD
BUT THE THREAD STRING BROKE AND DOWN HE FELL
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO.....
DON'T GET DISCOURAGED, DON'T GET DISMAYED
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY
ALL WENT TO BED.

Submitter comment: ( LEARNED IN: DETROIT CHILDHOOD )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS EUPHEMISM ; HELL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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WATERMELON

YOU CAN TALK ABOUT YOUR APPLES, YOUR PEACHES AND YOUR PEARS,
YOUR CINNAMON HANGIHG ON YOUR CINNAMON TREE, ON THE TREE,
BUT GIVE ME, OH GIVE ME, I REALLY WISH YOU WOULD
SOME OF THAT WATERMELON HANGING ON THE VINE.

CHORUS:
HAMBONE IS SWEET ( SLURP ), CHICKEN IS GOOD ( M
),
POSSUM MEAT IS VERY, VERY FINE, AIN'T IT SO,
BUT GIVE ME, OH GIVE ME, I REALLY WISH YOU WOULD
SOME OF THAT WATERMELON HANGING ON THE VINE.

THE NIGHT I WENT TO FETCH IT WAS ON A STORMY NIGHT.
THE MOON HAD NOT AS YET BEGUN TO SHINE, BEGUN TO SHINE.
THE FARMER, HE SAW ME AND SHOT ME THROUGH THE FENCE
BUT I NEVER LEFT THAT MELON ON THE VINE.

CHORUS

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; THEFT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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PARODY OF "BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC"

GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH
TEACHER HIT ME WITH A RULER
I MET HER AT THE DOOR
WITH MY TRUSTY FORTY-FOUR
AND THERE AIN'T NO TEACHER ANYMORE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ANTI-TEACHER ; EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORED BY COLLECTOR.

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CHILDREN'S SONGS

CHORUS: FUZZY WUZZY WAS A GUY.
LOOKED LIKE A HAWK WITH AN EAGLE'S EYE.
FOOLING PEOPLE WAS HIS NAME.
FUZZY WUZZY WAS THE OLD GUY'S NAME.

1ST VERSE: OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOLE.
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON A TELEPHONE POLE.
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON A TELEPHONE POLE.
ONE FOOT SLIPPED; THE OTHER ONE FELL.
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO HELL.
CHORUS

2ND VERSE: FUZZY WUZZY HAD BIG FEET.
SPREAD ALL OVER MARKET STREET.
MARKET STREET WAS MADE OF GLASS
FUZZY WUZZY FELL DOWN AND BROKE HIS . . .
CHORUS

3RD VERSE: WAY DOWN YONDER WHERE THE GRASS GROWS GREEN.
FROG JUMPED INTO A SEWING MACHINE.
SEWING MACHINE WAS GOING SO FAST
NINETY-NINE STICHES UP HIS . . .
CHORUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): CACOGRAPHY: SOLE FOR SOUL ; ELLIPSIS ; EUPHEMISM FOR ASS ; METONYMY: SOUL OR SOLE FOR ENTIRE PERSON, BODY, ETC.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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CROCODILE SONG

THEY SAILED A WAY A SUNNY SUMMER DAY
ON THE BACK OF A CROCODILE.
" YOU SEE, " SAID SHE, " HE'S AS TAME AS HE CAN BE
I'LL FLOAT HIM DOWN THE NILE. "
THE CROCK WINKED HIS EYE AS SHE WAVED THEM ALL GOOD-BYE
WEARING A HAPPY SMILE.
AT THE END OF THE RIDE, THE LADY WAS INSIDE AND THE
SMILE ON THE CROCODILE.

Submitter comment: SONG WHICH IS SUNG BY MANY SMALL CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM, INDIRECTION

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
MADAM
MADAM WHO?
MADAM FOOT'S CAUGHT IN THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: DIANE LEARNED THIS FROM GIRL FRIENDS IN PITTSBURGH, PA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE,

THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE,
TO FILL THEIR BELLIES FULL OF WINE,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THEY CAME UPON A WAYSIDE INN, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY CAME UPON A WAYSIDE INN, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY CAME UPON A WAYSIDE INN,
AND THEY DECIDED TO GO IN,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THE INNKEEPER HAD A DAUGHTER FAIR, TABOO, TABOO,
THE INNKEEPER HAD A DAUGHTER FAIR, TABOO, TABOO,
THE INNKEEPER HAD A DAUGHTER FAIR
WITH DARK AND WAVY LONG BROWN HAIR,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THEY LAID HER ON A FEATHER BED, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY LAID HER ON A FEATHER BED, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY LAID HER ON A FEATHER BED
PULLED THE BLANKETS ON OVER HER HEAD,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THREE DRAGON SAILORS WENT TO HELL, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS WENT TO HELL, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS WENT TO HELL,
WHERE THEY OOMPHED THE DEVIL'S WIFE AS WELL,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

Submitter comment: A COLLEGE TUNE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF:
"THE YANKS ARE MARCHING HOME AGAIN"

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM (OOMPHED) FOR OBSCENE WORD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Emotion
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 11-20-1969

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PROVERB: CAT

HAPPY AS A CAT IN A CREAMERY.

Submitter comment: USED TO DENOTE EXTREME HAPPINESS OF A PERSON OR ANIMAL IN A GIVEN
CIRCUMSTANCE.
INFORMANT USED THIS WHEN HE SAW HIS SECRETARY WAS VERY HAPPY. HE
LEARNED WHEN HE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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FOUR SHEETS IN THE WIND.

HE WAS FOUR SHEETS IN THE WIND.
IN REFERENCE TO ONE WHO WAS SLIGHTLY INEBRIATED.

Submitter comment: HEARD SAID BY DORA ENGLAND, MY BROTHER'S ELDERLY MOTHER IN LAW.

Keyword(s): DRUNK ; EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE SOUSE FAMILY

DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK; DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK,
DRUNK LAST NIGHT, DRUNK THE NIGHT BEFORE,
GONNA GET DRUNK TONIGHT LIKE I NEVER GOT DRUNK BEFORE;
FOR WHEN I'M DRUNK I'M AS HAPPY AS CAN BE.
FOR I AM A MEMBER OF THE SOUSE FAMILY;
AND THE SOUSE FAMILY IS THE BEST FAMILY,
THAT EVER CAME OVER FROM OLD GERMANY.

THERE'S THE HIGH LAND DUTCH,
AND THE LOW LAND DUTCH,
AND THE ROTTERDAM DUTCH,
AND THE GOD DAMN DUTCH.

CHORUS:
GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS, ONE KEG OF BEER FOR THE FOUR OF US,
OH, GLORY BE TO GOD THAT THERE ARE NO MORE OF US,
FOR ONE OF US COULD DRINK IT ALL ALONE, DAMN NEAR!
OH, WHAT'S THAT SMELL ON THE EVENING BREEZE,
IT'S THE GOD DAMN DUTCH AND THEIR LIMBURGER CHEESE.

CHORUS:

WHEN GOD MADE THE IRISH HE DIDN'T MAKE MUCH,
BUT THEY'RE A HELLOFALOT BETTER THAT THE GOD DAMN DUTCH.

CHORUS:

OH, THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS IS A HELL OF A PLACE TO BE,
THE TEMPERATURE IN THE SHADE IS A HUNDRED AND NINETY-THREE;
THERE ISN'T ANY WATER, AND THERE ISN'T ANY GRASS,
JUST A LOT OF CACTUS TO PRICK YOU IN THE (CHORUS).

Submitter comment:

A COLLEGE SONG

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): DRINKING SONG ; ELLIPSIS AS A KIND OF EUPHEMISM

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

Date learned: 11-20-1969

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BIRDIE IN THE SKY

BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY
DROPPED SOME WHITE WASH IN MY EYE
I'M NOT A SISSY, I DON'T CRY
I'M JUST GLAD THAT COWS DON'T FLY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; EUPHEMISM: WHITEWASH FOR BIRD DUNG ; RHYME: AAAA

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

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN FROM THE CITY,
WHO SAW A NICE BLACK AND WHITE KITTY
SAYING, "MICE LITTLE CAT,"
HE GAVE IT A PAT.
THEY BURIED HIS CLOTHES OUT OF PITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; EUPHEMISM: CAT FOR SKUNK ; FEMININE RHYME ; HUMOR ; INDIRECTION ; RHYME: AABBA ; SMELLY CLOTHERS

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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COMMON DENONINATOR

NO MATTER HOW HIGH AND GREAT THE THRONE
WHAT SITS ON THE SEAT IS THE SAME AS YOUR OWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM FOR BUTTOCKS ; HUMILITY ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME:AA

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

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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