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Entertainment: Game

Jump Rope Song:

Cinderella, dressed in yella,

went upstairs to kiss a fella

how many kisses did she receive?

(Hot pepper count until she misses)

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from the neighborhood kids.

Data entry tech comment:

motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] crossed out/ replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Entertainment ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; Play

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750 .560

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Entertainment: Game

Jump Rope Song:

Not last night, but the night before, 24 robbers came knocking at my door. I went out (jump out of rope) to let them in (jump back in) and here's what they said to me:

"Spanish Dancer do the kicks, kicks, kicks, kicks, (jump with legs far apart)

Spanish Dancer do the splits, splits, splits, splits, (jump up with legs extended)

Spanish Dancer turn around, round, round, (turn rope)

Spanish Dancer Touch the ground, ground, ground. (touch the ground)

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from the neighborhood kids

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Entertainment ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; Play ; RHYME

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

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Entertainment: Game

Jump Rope Song:

High, Low, Jolly Pepper / Splits, Kicks, Touch the ground.

High - Regular Turns

Low - must jump in squatting position

Jolly - Turn round and round

Peppers - turn rope very fast

Splits - Jump with legs apart

Kicks - Kick as you jump

Touch - Touch the ground with one hand

Ground - Touch the ground with both  hands

Whichever one you miss on, the next person must do it.

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from the neighborhood kids.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] crossed out. Replaced with Current Classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Entertainment ; EXERCISE ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; Pastime ; RHYME ; SONG

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

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Language

Tongue Twister:

A canner can can all the things that he can, but a canner can't can a can can he?

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Sense??

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; GAMES ; Language ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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WHEN MY GRANDFATHER WANTED THE HIGHEST CARD IN A CUT,
HE WOULD KNOCK ON THE DECK OF CARDS THREE TIMES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CARDS ; CUSTOM ; Cut ; GAMES ; Knock ; LUCK ; NUMBER ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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IF YOU LICK YOUR THUMB BEFORE YOU MAKE A SHOT IN POOL,
IT WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK WHILE SHOOTING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Billiards ; Cue ; CUSTOM ; GAMES ; Lick ; Pool ; Stick ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Play

ORIGINS OF GAMES: "MANY ARE ROOTED IN FESTIVE PLANTING
AND HARVEST CELEBRATIONS. 'DROP THE HANDKERCHIEF'
AND 'IN AND OUT THE WINDOW' PROBABLY STARTED WITH
CHILDREN MAKING FUN OF THE DATING HABITS OF BIG
BROTHERS AND SISTERS."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL BULLETIN"

Keyword(s): Copy ; COURTSHIP ; Festive ; GAMES ; HARVEST ; Mimic ; PLANTING ; Play ; RITUAL

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

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