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CHILDREN'S SONG

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW? DO THEY WOBBLE TO AND FRO?
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A KNOT? CAN YOU TIE THEM
IN A BOW? CAN YOU THROW THEM OVER YOUR
SHOULDER LIKE A CONTINENTAL SOLDIER?
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): EARS ; HYPERBOLE ; STRUCTURE: QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

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

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

A HAPPY FAMILY WILL EVEN TURN THE LAND INTO GOLD

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1905

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DRINK CUSTOM

IRISH TEA IS HOT AND BLACK, AND ACCORDING TO PERSCRIPTION,
"STRONG ENOUGH FOR A MOUSE TO TROT ON."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLED THIS ON A VISIT TO THE FAMOUS IRISH SEMINARY IN
MAYNOOTH, IRELAND.

Where learned: IRELAND

Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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VERSE

I ASKED MY MOTHER FOR FIFTY CENTS,/
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE,/ HE JUMPED SO HIGH, HE
TOUCHED THE SKY,/ AND DIDN'T COME BACK 'TILL THE 4TH OF JULY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Highland

Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE ; MARVELS ; RHYME:AABB

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

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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CUSTOM

A MOTHER SAYS TO HER DAUGHTER, CONCERNING THE AMOUNT OF
PERFUME SHE'S PUT ON: "YOU'D LIKE TO KILL A HORSE."

Submitter comment: THIS LETS THE GIRL KNOW THAT SHE HAS PUT ON TOO MUCH PERFUME;
LITERALLY ENOUGH TO KNOCK OUT A HORSE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: CA00001960S

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE,
THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE.
THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON;
THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
TO SEE SUCH SPORT
AND THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE ; INDIRECTION

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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JEST ANECDOTE

I ONCE KNEW A MAN SO OLD HE WAS OLDER THAN HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SAYING

LAND'S SO RICH THAT WHEN YOU PLANT CORN, YOU HAVE TO JUMP BACK SO IT
WON'T HIT YOU IN THE EYE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD MY 5TH COUSIN SAY THIS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO. IT WAS IN THE
SAN JOAQUIN DELTAS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE WAS DESCRIBING A
MUDFLAT THAT HE HAD LEASED.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; FERTILITY ; HYPERBOLE ; LAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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GIANT RACE

FOR I'M THE LAST OF THE GIANT RACE,
THE BIG MEN FROM MULDARE.
IT TAKES A NAVY TO WASH MY FACE,
AND AN ARMY TO COMB MY HAIR.
TWENTY MEN AND A SIX INCH GUN
COULD SIT ON MY BIGGEST TOE.
AND WHEN I'M THIRSTY IT'S ONLY FUN
TO DRINK UP A SEA OR SO.
IF YOU HAD THE SIGHT OF MY SMALLEST EYE,
YOU COULD SEE THE MICE ON THE MOON.
AND IF YOU WERE AS LONG IN THE LEGS AS I,
YOU COULD WALK THERE PRETTY SOON.
FOR I'M THE LAST OF THE GIANT RACE,
THE BIG MEN FROM MULDARE.
IT TAKES A NAVY TO WASH MY FACE,
AND AN ARMY TO COMB MY HAIR.

Submitter comment: THIS POEM WAS PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE FAMILY. ALL THE
CHILDREN IN MY FATHER'S FAMILY WOULD BEG MY GRANDPA TO
RECITE THIS POEM FOR THEM. IT WAS DEFINITELY A FAVORITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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