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RIDDLE

WHAT'S ROUND ON THE ENDS AND HIGH IN THE MIDDLE?
OHIO

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): SPELLING STATE LETTER SHAPE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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ENVELOPE MESSAGE

>. W. A. K. SEALED WITH A KISS

Submitter comment: THE INITIALS ARE PLACED ON THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE ABBREVIATION LOVE LETTERS

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 10-02-1965

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BACKGROUND: A FIRM IN GERMANY ORDERED COFFEE FROM A FIRM IN
THE UNITED STATES. WHILE THE COFFEE WAS ENROUTE, A COUPLE OF BAGS
BROKE OPEN AND RATS NESTED IN THE COFFEE. THE GERMAN FIRM SENT
THE FOLLOWING LETTER CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF THE COFFEE --

135 WILHELMSTRASSE
HAMBERG, GERMANY

SCHENTELMENS:

DER LAST 2 PECKETECHES VE GOT FROM YOU OFF KOFFEE WAS MIT
RATTSCHIDT GEMIXT. DER KOFFEE MAY BE GUTE ENUF, BUT DER
RATTSDURDS SCHBOILS DER TRADE. VE DID NOT SEE DER RATTSCHIDT IN
DER SEMBLES VICH YOU SENT US FOR EXAMINASHUN.

IT TAKES SO MUTCH TIME TO PEK DER RATTSDURDS FROM DER KOFFEE.
VE ORDER DER KLEEN KOFFEE AND YOU SCHIPT SCHIDT MIXT MIT DER
KOFFEE. IT VUS A MISCHTAKE, YA? VE LIKE YOU TO SCHIPP US
DER KOFFEE IN VUN ZAK UND DER RATTSCHIDT IN DER ODER ZAK, DEN
VE MIXT IT TO SUIT DER KOSTOMER.

WRITE PLEASE IF VE SCHOULDT SCHIPP DER SCHIDT BEK UND KEEP DER
KOFFEE ODER IF VE SCHOULDT KEEP DER SCHIDT UND SCHIPP DER
KOFFEE BEK, OR SCHIPP DER HOLD SCHIDDEN VORK BEK.

VE VENT TO DO RITE IN DIS MADDER, BUT VE DON'T LIKE DISS
RATTSCHIDT BIZZINESS.

MIT MUTCH RESPECTS,

KARL GRUMMENSCHIDT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GERMAN DIALECT ; HUMOR -- LINGUISTIC ; PACKAGES RAT SHIT RAT TURDS SACK CUSTOMER SHIP LETTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

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EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE. THESE ARE THE NAMES OF THE
FIRST FIVE NOTES ON THE LINES OF A MUSICAL SCALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): {THAT IS THE INITIAL LETTER OF THESE WORDS}.

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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RIDDLE

GIRLS HAVE IT, BOYS DON'T. MRS. MULLIGAN HAD IT TWICE, IN SUCCESSION.
MRS. LEWIS HAD IT IN FRONT. EARL HAD IT IIN THE BACK. MRS. LOWEL HAD
IT ONCE IN FRONT AND ONCE BEHIND. WHAT IS IT?
THE LETTER "L".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LETTER "L"

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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Retort

Did you get my letter?

No.

Oh, I forgot to stamp it. (And you stamp on your friend's foot.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C750] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

From a book, so disqualified?

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Sticks and Stones ; The Porpoise Bookshop ; San Francisco

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Foot ; INSULT ; Letter ; PUN ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; STAMP ; Stomp ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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OYSTERS WERE NEVER EATEN IN THE MONTHS THAT HAD NO
"R" IN THEM.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consumption ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; Letter ; Oysters ; RITUAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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