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TRICKING SPIES

IN WORLD WAR ONE, WHEN SPIES WHO HAD INFILTRATED INTO ENEMY RANKS
WERE CAPTURED. THEY WERE PUT TO THE TEST. WHEN A GERMAN SPY
WHO CLAIMED TO BE FRENCH WAS CAUGHT, HE WAS ASKED TO REPEAT THE
WORD "GRENOUILLE" (FROG), WHICH SHOULD
SOUND SOMEWHAT LIKE GRRUNWEEAH
BUT A GERMAN WOULD ALWAYS SAY GRUNWEEHKH, MAKING A HARSH GUTTURAL
SOUND. SIMILARLY, WHEN A FRENCH SPY WAS CAUGHT BY THE GERMANS, HE
WAS ASKED TO SAY HATHAWAY BUT A FRENCHMAN COULD ONLY SUCCEED IN
SAYING HASSAWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; SAINT MARYS RECTORY

Keyword(s): PRONUNCIATION OF FOREIGN WORDS REVEALS IDENTITY AND NATIONALITY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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BIRTH:

IN A LUG GET-TOGETHER, PARTY OR CELEBRATION ETC., THE GREEKS SAY THE
PREGNANT WOMAN IS SUPPOSED TO GET THE FIRST TASTE OF ALL THE FOOD
GIVEN .

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): EATING NATIONALITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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OUR LADY OF CHASTOHOVA

ONCE UPON A TIME A HEATHEN SOLDIER SLASHED A PICTURE OF MARY IN
IRREVERENCE. THE PICTURE IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO BLEED. THE POLISH HAVE
SINCE VENERETED HER AS OUR LADY OF CHASTOHOVA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATIONALITY ; RELIGION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

HOW LONG IS A CHINA MAN?
-- SO LONG IS HIS BROTHER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO KAREN BY HER FATHER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ORIENT NATIONALITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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RIDDLE

"HOW LONG" IS A CHINAMAN'S NAME.

Submitter comment: (THIS IS A DECLARATIVE SENTENCE STATING THE NAME OF
A PARTICULAR CHINAMAN. MOST PEOPLE INTERPRET IT AS
A QUESTION. THEY BECOME PUZZLED IN TRYING TO ANSWER IT.)

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ORIENT NATIONALITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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Autograph Verse

Album rhyme:

Standing on the street corner

My frock above my knees

I'm a full born American

And I'll do as I please

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Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; AUTOGRAPH ; Corner ; DRESS ; Frock ; gender ; Knees ; Liberation ; NATIONALITY ; poem ; Propriety ; RHYME ; Signature ; STREET ; VERSE ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700 .881

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Language

American Nicknames:

Mexicans call Americans "gringoes" because when the Texans went into the Battle of San Jacinto, they were singing "Green Grow the Lilacs." The Mexicans thought they were saying "gringo."

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Battle ; Culture ; ETYMOLOGY ; Green ; Gringo ; Grow ; Language ; Lilacs ; Mexican ; NATIONALITY ; Nickname ; San Jacinto ; SLANG ; SONG ; Term

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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