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Riddle

What's black and white and red all over?

Variations of answers:

1) Newspaper
2) Skunk with a diaper rash
3) Penguin with a sunburn
4) Blushing zebra

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Black ; Blush ; Brain Teaser ; COLOR ; Diaper Rash ; JOKE ; NEWSPAPER ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Red ; RIDDLE ; SKUNK ; Sunburn ; White ; WORDPLAY ; Zebra

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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Language

after a twenty minute argument with his cousin, Jim hollored this parting statement: "Make like a tree and leave!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Leave-Talking?

Better-Taunt?

Original BN [C730.329] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): Leave ; Leave Talking ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; TAUNT ; Tree ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: --
SPEECH -- Formula

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Language

Taunt:

Make like a tree and leave.

Submitter comment:

Informant Used in School.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Keyword(s): Leave ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; TAUNT ; Tree ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

The Tutor:

A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to teach two young tooters to toot;
said the two to the tutor,
"Is it harder to toot, or
To tutor two tooters to toot?"

Submitter comment:

Origin: Grandmother: Sarah Lipchinsky, New York City

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: Bagley School

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Flute ; Language ; MUSIC ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RHYME ; Teach ; TONGUE TWISTER ; Toot ; Tutor ; Youngster

James Callow Keyword(s): TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Blue bottom trousers, buttons made of brass, loose around the ankles tight around the ass. Ask me any questions surely I won't tell, if you don't believe me you can go to WELL...hello operator give me number nine; if the line is busy give me back my dime.

Other endings might be "you look like frankenstein" or any "-ine" ending.

Submitter comment:

He learned it in school when he was about 10 or 11

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Taste? Also, Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Blue ; Button ; Dime ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Operator ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RHYME ; SONG ; TONGUE TWISTER ; Trousers ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language

Tongue Twister:

 A tooter who tutored the flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Flute ; Language ; MUSIC ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER ; Toot ; Tutor ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverbial Saying

Retort:

Can't come in cans; cans come in success.

Submitter comment:

In school, 7th grade St. Theodore, SSJ, had on blackboard.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Meaning?

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; CAN ; Can't ; Language ; Maxim ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PROVERB ; PUN ; RETORT ; SUCCESS ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

Following comment is made to someone who has insulted you:

"I resemble that remark."

The slip of the tongue is intentional.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Sense?

Classification?

The words Tongue Twister have been crossed out.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Syracuse University ; Syracuse

Keyword(s): INSULT ; Language ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Resemble ; Resent ; RETORT ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Tongue Twister

Following comment is made to someone who has insulted you. The slip of the tongue is intentional:

You're casting asparagus on my reputation.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Not really a tongue twister, is it?

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Syracuse University ; Syracuse

Keyword(s): INSULT ; Language ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Reply ; REPUTATION ; RETORT ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Salutation

Yours till the ocean wears rubber pants to keep its bottom dry.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Leave-Talking?

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; Farewell ; Ocean ; Pants ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Rubber ; Salutation ; Signature ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Toast

Here's to you as good as you are, here's to me as bad as I am. As good as you are and as bad as I am I'm as good as you are as bad as I am.

Submitter comment:

An old drinking refrain uttered at the 20's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

NOT in verse form

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bad ; CHARACTER ; DRINKING ; Good ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; TOAST ; VERSE

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

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Tongue Twister

Theopolis Thistledown, the successful Thistle Sifter,
In sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust three thousand thistles
Through the thick of his thumb
If, then, Theopolis Thistledown,
The successful thistle sifter,
In sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles,
Thrust these thousand thistles
Through the thick of his thumb,
See that though, in sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles,
Does not get the thistles stuck in thy tongue.
 

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Already (tho shorter) typed as prose

Keyword(s): PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RHYME ; Thistle ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE ; WORD PLAY

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

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Verse in Formula

I was told to cheer up;
"Things could be worse"
So I cheered up,
And sure'nuff, things got worse.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Keyword(s): ; Cheer UP ; Formula ; Language ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Worse

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

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Riddle

WHY DID THE BOY PUT HIS CAR IN THE OVEN?
HE WANTED A HOT ROD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Boy ; Car ; Hot Rod ; JOKE ; Oven ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RIDDLE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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Joke

WHAT DID ONE STRAWBERRY SAY TO THE OTHER?
IF YOU HADN'T BEEN SO SWEET WE WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN
IN THIS JAM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Jam ; JOKE ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; STRAWBERRY ; Sweet ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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Riddle

WHAT DID THE DOG SAY WHEN HE SAT ON THE SANDPAPER?
RUFF, RUFF (ROUGH, ROUGH).

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): JOKE ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RIDDLE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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GRAFFITTI
DOES THE NAME PAVLOV RING A BELL?

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bell ; GRAFFITI ; Pavlov ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN

Subject headings: L700

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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Joke - Riddle

What's big and purple and travels under water?

 

Answer: Moby Grape

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): GAME ; Grape ; JOKE ; Melville ; Moby Dick ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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Joke - Riddle

Whats green and sings?

Answer: Elvis Parsley

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Keyword(s): Elvis Presley ; Herb ; JOKE ; Parsley ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Pub ; RIDDLE ; Saying

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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SIGN TO BE LEFT IN ANGER

THANKS FOR TAKING TWO PARKING SPACES. I HAD TO PARK
IN THE NEXT BLOCK, YOU SELFISH, IDIOTIC MORON!!
YOU HAVE VIOLATED SECTION 368 D.A.M.I.T.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACRONYM ; ANGER ; Note ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; SIGN

James Callow Keyword(s): ABBREVIATION ; IRONY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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