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PROVERB

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CONFUCIUS SAY: MAN WHO LAY GIRL ON HILL, NOT ON LEVEL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SEXUAL INTERCOURSE=LAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
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Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

DEFICIENT:
WHAT YOU'VE GOT WHEN YOU HAVEN'T GOT AS MUCH AS YOU HAD
WHEN YOU HAD NOTHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): VERBAL PLAY?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CARD BELIEF

CUT THIN AND WIN. CUT DEEP AND WEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): CARD-PLAYING ; ELLIPSIS ; RHYME PARALLELISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.500
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM-- FINNISH

NOT EVIL WITH EVIL BUT GOOD WITH EVIL
NOT EVIL FOR EVIL BUT GOOD FOR EVIL

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD DOES NOT CONTAIN A LOCATION FOR THE ITEM
OR AN ADDRESS FOR THE COLLECTOR

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION ; TRANSLATION? ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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BLASON POPULAIRE

PHI KAPPS NEVER GET DRUNK, IF THEY DO THEY NEVER STAGGER,
IF THEY STAGGER THEY NEVER FALL. IF THEY FALL THEY FALL ON THEIR
FACES, SO THEIR PINS NEVER SHOW.

Submitter comment: SPOKEN WHILE DRINKING AT THE 20'S WITH SOME FRATERNITY BROTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RESEMBLES A CHAIN TALE.

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; ITERATION ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

HE WHO GOES FORTH WITH A FIFTH ON THE FOURTH, MAY NOT GO
FORTH ON THE FIFTH.

Submitter comment: READ IN PARISH BULLETIN. ALSO APPEARED IN READER'S DIGEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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A FLEA AND A FLY IN A FLUE

A FLEA AND A FLY IN A FLUE,/WERE IMPRISONED, SO WHAT COULD THEY DO?
SAID THE FLY ,LET US FLEE/ SAID THE FLEA, LET US FLY/
SO THEY FLEW THROUGH A FLAW IN THE FLUE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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AN INNOCENT MAIDEN FROM BUTTE
THOUGHT A BIG CITY SLICKER WAS CUTE.
NOW SHE'S IN, YOU MIGHT GUSS,
A MATFRNITY DRESS AND HE'S IH A PATERNITY SUIT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY OWNS A BAR AND THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS
SHE REMEMBERED FROM A CUSTOMER.
INFORMANT'S DAMILY OWNS A BAR AND THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS
SHE REMEMBERED FROM A CUSTOMER.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LIMERICK ; RHYME: AABBA ; SEDUCTION ; TRIPLE RHYMES ; WORD PLAY

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

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CHILDREN'S RIME

I SCREAM,
YOU SCREAM,
WE ALL SCREAM
FOR ICE CREAM.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION ; WORD PLAY, PUN

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

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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CAMPSONG DIKKI BIRD

HIGH IN A TREE A DIKKI BIRD
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
HIGH IN A TREE A DIKKI BIRD SAT.
BENEATH HIM SAT A FURRY BLACK
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
BENEATH HIM SAT A FURRY BLACK CAT.
HE SAID FOR DINNER I SHALL HAVE
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
HE SAID FOR DINNER I SHALL HAVE YOU.
THEN ALL AT ONCE THE DIKKI BIRD
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
THEN ALL AT ONCE THE DIKKI BIRD FLEW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): DELAYED COMPLETION ; NONSENSE REFRAIN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

FRIENDSHIPS ARE MANY, BUT FRIENDS ARE FEW.

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; CONTRAST ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V233

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PROVERB

THE GREAT AWAKENING FOLLOWS THE GREAT ASLEEPING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; EASTOWN THEATRE

Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-07-1970

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THE BEAVER FAMILY

PAPA BEAVER WAS SAYING GRACE BEFORE SUPPER:
"GOD BLESS MAMA DAM, PAPA DAM, BROTHER DAM, SISTER DAM..."
BABY DAM INTERRUPTED HIM--
"GOD BLESS THE WHOLE DAM FAMILY!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; DAMN ; HUMOR ; PRAYERS ; TALKING ANIMALS ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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A SMART GIRL CAN PLAY POST OFFICE ALL NIGHT WITHOUT
GETTING ANY MAIL IN HER BOX.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; PUN: MAIL FOR MALE ; SEX ; SLANG: BOX FOR VAGINA ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 10-05-1971

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OFF COLOR JOKE

A SECRETARY CAME TO WORK ONE MORNING AND INFORMED HER BOSS
THAT SHE HAD A NEW POSITION. "GOOD", HE SAYS, "LETS TRY IT}"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; MISUNDERSTANDING ; SECRETARY ; SEX ; WORD PLAY ; WORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 10-03-1971

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SEX LIFE AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS

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WHEN MAN WAS FIRST MADE HE WAS GIVEN ONLY 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX
LIFE. NATURALLY HE WAS HORRIFIED -- ONLY 20 YEARS?
THE MONKEY TOO, WAS GIVEN ONLY 20 YEARS BUT HE REPLIED
"TEN YEARS WAS ENOUGH", SO MAN ASKED FOR THE OTHER TEN YEARS AND
IT WAS GIVEN TO HIM. THE LION WAS ALSO GIVEN 20 YEARS BUT HE TOO
SAID TEN YEARS WAS ENOUGH. AGAIN MAN ASKED FOR THE OTHER TEN YEARS
AND THE LION SAID "OF COURSE". THEN CAME THE DONKEY, HE ALSO WAS
GIVEN 20 YEARS BUT LIKE THE OTHERS TEN YEARS WAS ENOUGH. AND MAN,
AGAIN ASKED FOR THE OTHER TEN YEARS AND IT WAS GIVEN TO HIM. MM
THIS EXPLAINS WHY MAN TODAY HAS 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE,
10 YEARS OF MONKEYING AROUND, 10 YEARS OF LION ABOUT IT, AND 10
YEARS OF MAKING AN ASS OF HIMSELF.

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; HUMOR ; MYTH ; SEX ; SURPRISE ENDING ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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JOKE

THERE WAS A MAN WHO HAD A WOODEN EYE. BECAUSE OF HIS WOODEN EYE,
HE WAS NOT TOO CONFIDENT. ONE NIGHT HIS FRIENDS COAXED HIM TO COME
TO A DANCE WITH THEM. OVER IN THE CORNER HE SAW A GIRL SITTING.
HE COULD SEE THAT SHE WAS NOT TOO PRETTY AND SHE HAD A HARELIP.
WELL, HE FIGURED HE WAS NO HOTSHOT HIMSELF WITH HIS WOODEN EYE.
SO HE WENT OVER AND ASKED HER, "WOULD YOU CARE TO DANCE?" --
"WOULD I? WOULD I?" SHE SHOUTED. "HARELIP, HARELIP"
HE SHOUTED BACK.

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CHAPTER 3 IN "WITCRACKS" BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DANCE ; DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; METONYMY ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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ANOTHER NUN'S STORY

ONE DAY A VERY YOUNG SISTER WAS TEACHING IN HER NEW FIRST GRADE ROOM
ONE OF THE LITTLE BOYS IN HER ROOM CAME TO HER DESK AND SAID THAT HE
DID NOT FEEL WELL. SISTER TOLD HIM TO RETURN TO HIS PLACE AND
PERHAPS HE MIGHT FEEL BETTER IN A FEW MINUTES. A FEW MINUTES LATER
THE LITTLE BOY RETURNED TO THE DESK AND SAID THAT HE WAS STILL SICK.
HE HAD A "TUMMY ACHE." SISTER ASKED HIM IF HE KNEW WHERE THE
PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE WAS. THE BOY SAID THAT HE DID AND WAS SENT TO SE
THE PRINCIPAL. MM
SISTER HAPPENED TO TURN AROUND A FEW MINUTES LATER AND SEE THE SAME
BOY SEATED IN HIS SEAT WITH HIS SHIRT UNBUTTONED. QUICKLY SHE WENT
OVER TO HIM AND ASKED IF HE HAD GONE TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE. HE
SAID THAT HE HAD AND THAT SHE TOLD HIM TO STICK IT OUT UNTIL LUNCH
TIME.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER CHANGED THE SPELLING OF PRINCIPLE TO PRINCIPAL.
TUMMY ACHE AND STICK IT WERE UNDERLINED.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLAYING SICK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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TULIPS IN THE GARDEN
TULIPS IN THE PARK,
BUT THE TULIPS THAT _____ LIKES
ARE THE TULIPS IN THE DARK.

Data entry tech comment: ANY NAME COULD BE SUBSTITUTED WHERE THE BLANK IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; PLAY ON WORDS ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

TULIPS IN THE GARDEN
TULIPS IN THE PARK
BUT THE TWO LIPS I LIKE BEST
ARE YOUR TWO LIPS IN THE DARK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ABCB ; FLOWERS ; PLAY ON WORDS ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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