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FLAT ROCK IS CALLED BY DOWNRIVER PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE IN FLAT ROCK
LEVEL PEBBLE.

Submitter comment:

JUST RECENTLY.

A TOWN SOME 25 MILES SOUTH OO DETROIT, MICHIGAN.; FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN; THIS ITEM REFERS TO FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN,

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD 02-22-2011

James Callow comment:

INCOMPLETE COMMENT?
CN[ PARTIPILO, FRANK 720870
C1[ 14909 STONEHAM
C2[ RIVERVIEW, MICHIGAN 48192
CO[ JUST RECENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Keyword(s): Flat ; Language ; Level ; MICHIGAN ; Nickname ; Pebble ; Region ; REGIONAL ; Rock ; SLANG ; STATE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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Joke: Off-Color

WHY DOES HELEN KELLER PLAY THE PIANO WITH ONLY ONE HAND?
SHE SINGS WITH THE OTHER ONE.

Data entry tech comment:

updated on 12-2010 by TRD

James Callow comment:

HELEN KELLER WAS DEAF AND BLIND

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): SIGN LANGUAGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001972 (SUMMER)

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HOW DID HELEN KELLER SPRAIN HER FINGERS?
SHE FELL DOWN A WELL AND SPRAINED HER FINGERS SCREAMING FOR HELP.

Data entry tech comment:

updated 12-2010 by TRD

James Callow comment:

HELEN KELLER WAS DEAF AND BLIND
 

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): SIGN LANGUAGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001972 (SUMMER)

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Language: Rhyme

If wisdom's ways you'd willing seek

Five things observe with care;

Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,

And how, and when and where.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from 1880's

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Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Language ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Speak ; VERSE ; When ; Where ; Whom ; WISDOM

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

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GREEK RETORT
THE MULE CALLS THE CHICKEN-FAT HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO TELL SOMEONE OFF WHEN THEY ARE YOU TO
DO OR SAY SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREEK LANGUAGE RETORT IS ON 5 X 8 CARD. ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Religious Verse

Men's book with heaps of chaff are stored

God's book doth "golden grains" afford.

Then leave the chaff and spend thy pains

In gathering up thy golden grains.

Submitter comment:

Found in an autograph book from 1880's

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Keyword(s): Chaff ; God ; Golden ; Grain ; Language ; Man ; RELIGION ; RHYME ; VERSE

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

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Pig Latin was a language used in the prison culture by
prisoners to communicate with each other without the guards
understanding them. It consisted of taking the first letter of a
word and placing it at the end of the word and placing the phrase
either ofay or omay throughout the rest of the sentence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): secret language

Subject headings: SPEECH -- S000

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Saying

Hot as a snake

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Keyword(s): Hot ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Snake

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Talk for 30 minutes on his nickle.

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Keyword(s): Language ; Nickle ; Saying ; TALK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

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Keyword(s): Anticipate ; Bridge ; Cross ; Language ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Stubborn as a mule.

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Keyword(s): Language ; METAPHOR ; Mule ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Stubborn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Grouchy as a bear.

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Keyword(s): Bear ; Grouchy ; Grumpy ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Crooked as a snake.

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Keyword(s): Crooked ; Language ; Saying ; Snake ; Untrustworthy

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Language

Slang Expressions:

Op Yop Talk. It's a slang expression which I recently learned. All the letters of the alphabet except the vowels (a,e,i,o,u) and you put an OP at the end of the letter. Such as: STOP - you would say in Op Talk: Sop Top O Pop

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Motifs and BN added by TRD

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Language ; SECRET ; SLANG ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary

James Callow Keyword(s): Slang Expressions

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Etymology

Origin of name:

Cornersville, TN gets its name from the fact that it is located in the corner of four counties.

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Keyword(s): Cornersville, Counties ; ETYMOLOGY ; Language ; NAME ; Origin ; REGIONAL ; Tennessee ; WORD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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Saying

"not n' every a thing"

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Language ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

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Saying

Stubborn as a billygoat

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Keyword(s): Billygoat ; Goat ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Stubborn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Saying

Blind as a bat.

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Keyword(s): Bat ; BLIND ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Language: Rhyme

Jump Rope Rhyme:

Down in the meadow where the green grass grows, there sat ____ sweet as a rose.

Along came ____ and kissed her on the cheek: How many kisses did she get?

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Keyword(s): Entertainment ; Jump ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Play ; RHYME ; Rope

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

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Language

Grace Parody:

Our Heavenly Fahter

Holy Ghost

Whoever eats the fastest

Gets the most!

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Eat ; GRACE ; JOKE ; Language ; PARODY ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PRAYER ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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