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PROVERB

PUT ONE GRAIN NEXT TO ANOTHER AND SOON YOU'LL HAVE A PILE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD? ; MANY A LITTLE MAKES A ; OBSERVATION ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
GRETTA
GRETTA WHO?
GRETTA LONG LITTLE DOGGIE-GRETTA LONG

Submitter comment: GEORGETOWN U. FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): COWBOY SONG ; NAME ; TITLE OR LINE FROM SONG: GET ALONG LITTLE DOGGIES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
HOFFMAN
HOFFMAN WHO?
I'LL HOFFMAN I'LL PUFF AND I'LL BLOW YER HOUSE IN

Submitter comment: GEORGETOWN U. FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): NAME ; THREE LITTLE PIGS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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YOU HAVE AS MANY CLOTHES AS CARTER HAS PILLS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS WHENEVER MY MOTHER BUYS NEW CLOTHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVERTISING ; CARTER'S LITTLE LIVER PILLS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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"Say Say O' Playmate

Say say o' playmate come out and play with me. / You and your
dolly three, climb up my apple tree. / Slide down my rainbow, into
my cellar door, / and we'll be jolly friends for ever more, more,
more, more, more.
So sorry playmate, I cannot play with you. / My dolly has
the flu, she spit up on her toe. / Ain't got no rainbow, ain't
got no cellar door. / But we'll be jolly friends for ever more,
more, more, more, more.

Submitter comment: The first paragraph is the part the first child would sing
to the other child. Then the second child would reply to the
first paragraph with the answer. This was a hand clapping game
for children to play and also was used sometimes as a jump rope
chant.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sandusky

Keyword(s): O Little Playmate

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.360
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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Autograph verse

(Any name may be inserted here) had a little lamb,
And now the lamb is dead.
Now she takes it to school,
Between two loaves of bread.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sandusky

Keyword(s): Sandwich

James Callow Keyword(s): parody of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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My mother told me that when any of my teeth came out I should
put them under my pillow so that the tooth fairy would leave me
some money. My mother also said I had to be a good boy in order to
receive any money.

Submitter comment: My mother sounded very convincing.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; Louise

Keyword(s): Little magical people

James Callow Keyword(s): Fairy

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOU SAY THE EXACT THING AT THE SAME TIME, YOU HOLD
PINKIES WITH EACH OTHER AND MAKE A WISH BEFORE SAYING
ANOTHER WORD AND YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY: PINKIES FOR LITTLE FINGERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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Ethnic: Irish

Some more: when these men arrived they would not work either - it seems the air strip went over a large mound and this is Ireland is recognized as a grave yard for the "Little People" and to disturb it is unheard of. So to this day the strip is still uncompleted.  [sic]

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Card was located in a pile marked with [?].

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): Airport ; Airstrip ; BELIEF ; BURIAL ; ETHNIC ; GRAVEYARD ; IRELAND ; Irish ; Legend ; Little People ; Mound ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

I love you little

I love you big

I love you like a little pig.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Big ; Little ; LOVE ; Pig ; Piglet ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

Mary had a little watch

She swallowed it one day

She took a dose of castor oil

Just to pass the time away.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; CASTOR OIL ; EUPHEMISM ; Mary ; parody of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Tune ; VERSE ; Watch

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Proverb

Little pitchers have big ears.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Already Under V200, Who Said? Said to children who hear things they shouldn't.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Big ; CHILDREN ; EARS ; Eavesdrop ; EUPHEMISM ; Little ; METAPHOR ; Overhear ; Pitchers ; SIMILE ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Riddle

WHAT DID THE BIG CHIMNEY SAY TO THE LITTLE CHIMNEY?
TOU'RE TOO YOUNG TO SMOKE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Big ; Chimney ; Little ; Smoke

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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