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(BLANK) IS A FRIEND OF MINE.
HE RESEMBLES FRANKENSTEIN.
WHEN HE DOES THE IRISH JIG,
HE LOOKS JUST LIKE PORKY PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT DANCING ; PORKY PIG=WALT DISNEY CHARACTER IN MOVIES ; QUATRAIN RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU.

BUT THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
AND THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
AND THE SUGAR IS LUMPED
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM PLAYMATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): INSULT ; TAUNT

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

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VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLACK,
AND YOU'D LOOK BETTER WITH A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ONLY MONKEYS LOOK UPSIDE DOWN}

Submitter comment: WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; CATCH INSULT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED,/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE/ WHEN I TAKE A SHOWER/ I THINK
OF YOU. DRIP, DRIP, DRIP SUSAN ADAMS

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; HOLY NAME GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSULT SLANG ; PARODY ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION ; RHYME: ABCBD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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AN AUTOGRAPH

MM[ THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR BOWL'S EMPTY,
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY DAVE. IN 1961

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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VERSE

MM[ ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
THE LORD SURE MADE A CRAZY ONE,
WHEN HE MADE YOU.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1938

Data entry tech comment: LINES DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL.

YOU'RE JUST LIKE A PICTURE---------------- FIT TO BE HUNG}

Submitter comment: ENTRY MADE ON MAY 4, 1962 IN PEGGY TRINGALI'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK
KEPT IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLACK,
AND YOU'D LOOK BETTER WITH A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE'S BEEN KISSING AN AIR HAMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE A GOALIE FOR A DART TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE IS SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE WAS IN A BRICK FIGHT AND SHE WAS
THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T HAVE A BRICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE WALKED INTO AN UGLY FOREST AND
RAN INTO EVERY TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE GOT BEAT WITH AN UGLY STICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, IN A POLAROID PICTURE, SHE'S THE PART YOU TEAR OFF
AND THROW AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; PHOTOGRAPHIC

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, WHY SHE PUT THE LETTER "U" IN THE WORD UGLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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EPITAPHS TO BAD DRIVERS

"MEAT HEAD," "FAT HEAD," "DUMMY," "DIMBULB," "HALF-WIT"

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT UTTERED THESE ON THE ROAD WHEN FEELING THREATENED
BY OTHER DRIVERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULTS EPITHETS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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A BOTTLE OF INK

INK, /INK, A BOTTLE OF INK
THE CORK FELL OUT
AND YOU STINK.

Submitter comment: REPLY GIVEN BY A CHILD TO A PERSON HE IS ANGRY WITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RETORT INSULT BODY ODOR

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

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HER TEETH ARE LIKE THE STARS, THEY COME OUT AT NIGHT

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE GREEN. / MY FACE IS FUNNY BUT YOUR'S IS A
SCREAM.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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