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AN EPICURE, DINING AT CREWE,
FOUND QUITE A LARGE MOUSE IN HIS STEW.
SAID THE WAITER, "DON'T SHOUT,
OR WAVE IT ABOUT,
OR THE REST WILL BE WANTING ONE TOO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): METER: IAMBIC ; PLACE NAMES, EATING ; RHYME: AABBA ; RHYME: MASCULINE ; SURPRISE ENDING LIMERICK HUMOR

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

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AN IMPORTANT YOUNG MAN IN QUEBEC
HAD TO WELCOME THE DUCHESS OF TECK.
SO HE BOUGHT FOR A DOLLAR
A VERY HIGH COLLAR
TO SAVE HIMSELF WASHING HIS NECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LIMERICK MONEY HUMOR ; METER: IAMBIC ; PLACE NAMES ; RHYME: AABBA ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TAUNT

I SEE LONDON,
I SEE FRANCE,
I SEE (NAME OF PERSON)'S UNDERPANTS.

Where learned: OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): HUMOR TAUNT REPETITION ; PLACE NAMES IMPROPRIETY ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE IS SUNG BY A CHILD WHEN IT'S RAINING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTHROPORMORPHIC NAME FOR GOD. ; CHANT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JOHN JACOB JINGLE-HIMER SMITH (SCHMIDT)
THAT'S MY NAME, TOO,
WHENEVER I GO OUT, THE PEOPLE ALWAYS SHOUT,
"JOHN JACOB JINGLE-HIMER SMITH."
HURRAH HURRAH HURRAH FOR... (REPEAT)

Submitter comment: SHE NOTED IN THE WRITTEN COPY THAT SHE GAVE ME THAT THE
"I" IN "HIMER" WAS PRONOUNCED WITH A LONG SOUND AS IN
"HIGH."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOROUS NAME

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

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LYRICAL VERSE

MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOES-ES ARE ROSES,
BUT MOSES SUPPOSES ERRONEOUSLY,
FOR MOSES HE KNOWS-ES HIS TOES-ES AREN'T ROSES,
AS MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOES-ES TO BE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS IN FERNDALE, MICHIGAN, FROM A YOUNG FRIEND
OF FRENCH AND POLISH LINEAGE, FORMERLY A CANADIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL NAME

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

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WHEN YOUR HAIR HAS TURNED TO SILVER,
AND LIFE'S PATH NO MORE YOU TROD.
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,
IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH SALVATION NAME MAGIC RHYME: ABCB

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,/ AND ON EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,/ IN THE ANNALS OF GOD.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): DEATH HEAVEN ; METONYMY: NAME ; RELIGION QUATRAIN ; RHYME ABCB ; SALVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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GOD MADE APPLES.
GOD MADE TREES.
GOD MADE (BLANK).
FOR (BLANK) TO SQUEEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): THE BLANKS ARE FILLED IN WITH 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE'S NAMES.

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

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I LOVE BOSCO, BOSCO IS GOOD FOR ME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): BOSCO=CHOCOLATE FLAVORED SYRUP, BRAND NAME.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POSH PLACE

POSH PLACE COMES FROM PORT OUT OF STARBOARD HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): B478 EXPLANATION OF A NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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TALE

A MAN HAD JUST PURCHASED A NEW CAR. AFTER DRIVING IT FOR TWO
WEEKS, HE DISCOVERED AN AWFUL RATTLE IN THE DOOR. TAKING IT TO
A GARAGE TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS WRONG, HE DISCOVERED AN EMPTY
COKE BOTTLE WAS LODGED IN THE DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; COKE=COCA COLA: BRAND NAME FOR SOFT DRINK.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

WHAT CAN YOU DO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA?
WHAT CAN YOU DO PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE?
I CAN DO THE TWIST PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA
I CAN DO THE TWIST PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLE IN MY SHOE.
I CAN DO THE JERK PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA.
I CAN DO THE JERK PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLE,
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DANCE ; NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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FLY LEAF PROSE

IF YOU ARE HUNGARY, EAT THIS BOOK; IT IS FULL OF BOLOGNA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNS ON PLACE NAMES

Subject headings: Z220

Date learned: CA00001968

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LIMERICK

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED ANNHEISER,
WHO SAID THAT NO GUY COULD SURPRISE HER.
UNTIL A GUY NAMED GIBBONS,
UNTIED ALL HER RIBBONS,
AND NOW SHE'S SADDER BUT WISER.

Submitter comment: SOME OF THESE ITEMS ARE FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION FOLKLORE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; ALBANY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): BEER BRAND NAME PUNS: ANHEISER & BUDWEISER

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

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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PEANUTS--CONFESSION JOKE

1ST BOY: FATHER, I THREW PEANUTS IN THE ELEPHANT CAGE.
PRIEST: WELL THAT'S OK SON, NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
2ND BOY: FATHER, I THREW PEANUTS IN THE ELEPHANT'S CAGE.
PRIEST: YES. I SEE.
3RD BOY: ...AND I THREW PEANUTS IN THE ELEPHANT'S CAGE.
PRIEST: I SEE, BUT THAT'S NOT A SIN.
4TH BOY COMES IN.
PRIEST: I SUPPOSE YOU'RE GOING TO TELL ME THAT YOU THREW PEANUTS
IN THE ELEPHANT'S CAGE. 5TH BOY: NO I'M NOT. I'M PEANUTS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS MY GRANDMOTHER'S FAVORITE JOKE ABOUT CONFESSIONS. SHE'S
BEEN TELLING IT TO MY FAMILY EVER SINCE MY OLDER BROTHER WAS OLD
ENOUGH TO GO TO CONFESSION. BECAUSE SHE'S TOLD IT SO MANY TIMES
THERE ARE VARIATIONS EVEN WITHIN HER OWN TELLINGS. THE NUMBER OF
BOYS BEFORE PEANUTS MAY VARY AS WELL AS THE PRIEST'S COMMENTS.
SOMETIMES PEANUTS GETS THROWN INTO THE FOUNTAIN INSTEAD OF THE
ELEPHANT'S CAGE, BUT NATURALLY THE PUNCHLINE ALWAYS REMAINS THE
SAME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME MISUNDERSTOOD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001960S

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Language

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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RHYME OF DERISION

TEACHER, TEACHER, I DECLARE
I SEE (SO-AND-SO'S) UNDERWEAR
MIGHT BE PINK, MIGHT BE WHITE,
MIGHT BE FULL OF DYNAMITE.

I SAW LONDON, I SAW FRANCE
I SAW (SO-AND-SO'S) UNDERPANTS
MIGHT BE WHITE, MIGHT BE PINK,
I DON'T KNOW, BUT THEY SURE STINK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED BY CHILDREN WHEN THEY SEE SOMEONE ELSE'S UNDERWEAR.
IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A "HINT" TO TUCK IN YOUR SHIRT, OR PULL UP
YOUR FLY, AND IS USED BY BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS. USUALLY ONE OR THE
OTHER VERSE IS USED, BUT SOMETIMES THEY ARE BOTH USED IN SUCCESSION.
THE LAST STANZA OF EACH VERSE IS OFTEN SUBSTITUTED IN THE OTHER,
SINCE IT DOES NOT AFFECT THE RHYME.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR: NAMES OF COUNTRIES FOR BODY PARTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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HOW DOES THE BIG MOUNTAIN CALL HIS SON? (HE YELLS, "HEY CLIFF")

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON FIRST NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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YOUR'S UNTIL RUSSIA GETS HUNGARY,
AND FRIES TURKEY IN GREECE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNS ON NAMES OR COUNTRIES

Subject headings: Z210

Date learned: 10-16-1972

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