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HEADS OF SAWDUST AND PUTTY

YOUR HEADS ARE FILLED WITH SAWDUST AND PUTTY. (REFERRING
TO DULL STUDENTS. MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS HER 7TH GRADE TEACHER
ELLA ROY OF GERMAN DESCENT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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UGLY

UGLY AS SIN
ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING THAT A PERSON IS UGLY IS TO SAY THAT HE OR
SHE IS 'UGLY AS SIN'

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY ; INSULT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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FLEMISH PROVERB

ONE DUTCHMAN IS MADE OF TWO JEWS.
JEWS ARE BAD BUT THE DUTCH ARE WORSE

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN HE WAS VISITING DETROIT, MICHIGAN
FROM BELGIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTISEMITISM ; INSULT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 686.1.2
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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A PHILOSOPHER IS A BLIND MAN IN A DARK ROOM LOOKING FOR A BLACK
CAT... THAT ISN'T THERE.

Submitter comment: HEARD ON RADIO.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR ; INSULT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

"ROSES ARE RED
THEY GROW IN THIS REGION
IF I HAD YOUR FACE
I'D JOIN THE FOREIGN LEGION."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.15

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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JERRY FORD JOKE

Q: WHICH MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY DOES JERRY FORD TALK TO BEFORE CASTING
HIS VOTE ON ELECTION DAY?
A: ALL FIVE OF THEM. JERRY HOLDS THE LEVER AND WHEN HE SAYS "NOW:"
THEY JERK THE VOTING MACHINE UP AND DOWN.

Submitter comment: PRESIDENT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; NUMBERS ; POLISH JOKE? ; PRESIDENT GERALD FORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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ETHNIC JOKE

QUESTION: HOW COME A CERTAIN CITY HAS NO MORE ICE CUBES?
ANSWER: THE LADY WHO HAD THE RECIPE DIED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JOKE ABOUT HAMTRAMCK. I HESITATED IN USING THE NAME
BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO OFFEND ANYONE OF POLISH DESCENT. I'VE
ALWAYS LIKED THIS JOKE BECAUSE IT'S SO STUPID IT'S FUNNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: CA00001970

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

THE ROSES ARE RED,/THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,/THE SUGAR BOWL IS EMPTY,/
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): INSULT ; RHYME:AABA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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SPECTACLES

FOUR EYES, DOUBLE CHIN,/ ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MONKEY GRIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUPLET FUNCTION NONSENSE ; GLASSES INSULT ; RHYME: AA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; READING OR WRITING BACKWARDS OR UPSIDE DOWN (CLASSIFIER'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, AND OTHER SUCH ASSOCIATIONS (CLASSIFIER'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

Date learned: 06-00-1961

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AN AUTOGRAPH

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 ; 00-00-1961

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VERSE

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

Date learned: 10-06-1970 ; 00-00-1938

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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

Date learned: 05-04-1962

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FRANKENSTEIN

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

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): QUATRAIN INSULT DANCING-IRISH JIG ; RHYME: ABAB

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NO TITLE SUPPLIED

A COLORED BARKEEP IN MISSISSIPPI WAS BEING ANNOYED BY AN
OBVIOUSLY RACIST DRUNK WHO KEPT SAYING, "GIVE ME ANOTHER
DRINK, NIGGER." AFTER MUCH PATIENCE THE BARTENDER SAID. "WHY DON'T
WE SWITCH PLACES, HONKEY?" THE DRUNK ACCEPTED AND THE BLACK ORDERED
"GIVE ME A DOUBLE, WHITEY ." THE DRUNK RETORTED,
"WE DON'T SERVE NIGGERS AT THIS BAR."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): BAR ; DIOLOGUE ; DRINKING ; HUMOR ; INSULT ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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YOUR MAMA

YOUR MAMA DON,T WEAR NO DRAWERS
I SAW HER WHEN SHE TOOK THEM OFF.
SHE PUT THEM IN A TRUNK
AND OUT JUMPED A SKUNK.
SHE PUT THEM ON THE LINE
THE SUN REFUSED TO SHINE.
SHE PUT THEM ON A TRACK
AND THE TRAIN BACKED BACK.
SHE PUT THEM IN THE TUB
AND THE SOAP REFUSED TO SCRUB.
YOUR MAMA DON'T WEAR NO DRAWERS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DOZENS ; INSULT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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FLYLEAF VERSE

HAIL, HAIL, BYRON'S IN JAIL.
TAFT IS ELECTED JUST AS WE EXPECTED.

Submitter comment:

THE ABOVE WAS FOUND IN MR. FINK'S "POWERS GRADED SPELLER"
COPYRIGHTED IN 1905, IN HIS OWN HANDWRITING ON THE BACK
COVER OF THE TEXT.

Data entry tech comment:

WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHANT ; ELECTIONS ; INSULT ; POLITICIANS ; PRESIDENTS ; RIDICULE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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AUTOGRAPH

I LOVE YOU
I LOVE YOU
I LOVE YOU SWELL
IF I HAD A PEANUT
I'D GIVE YOU THE SHELL)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PALMER PARK

Keyword(s): FOOD ; HUMOROUS INSULT ; RHYME: ABCDC ; RIDICULE OF LOVE

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 06-03-1959

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK JINGLE

I LOVE, I LOVE YOU
I LOVE YOU I DO;
BUT DON'T GET EXCITED
I LOVE MONKEY'S T6O)

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): FALSE LOVE ; HUMOROUS INSULT ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 10-27-1968

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