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AUTOGRAPH ENTRY

BUTTER IS FAT
AND SO IS CHEESE.
HOW ABOUT A HUG OR A SQUEEZE?

Submitter comment: FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PROPOSITION ; RHYME: ABB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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Greetings

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Greeting an Intimate:

Among Negro adolescents of Detroit, greetings of "Hello, Momma," and "Hello, Daddy," exchanged between a boy and a girl indicate that they are sexually intimate. HOwever, a boy greeting a girl as "Hello, Momma" as a proposition is likely to get swatted with a purse.

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The informant observed this while teaching in the Detroit Public School system.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Daddy ; Detroit ; GREETING ; Innuendo ; Intimate ; Momma ; PROPOSITION ; Sexuality ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
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