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PETE AND REPEAT

PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN,
SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A
BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON TO WHOM THE JOKE IS BEING TOLD ANSWERS THE QUESTION
WHO IS LEFT? WHICH TRIGGERS THE PUNCHLINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

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Language

Tongue Twister Verse:

As I was passing through Arkansas, I saw a saw that could outsaw any saw I ever saw.

So, if you're ever passing through Arkansas and see a saw that can outsaw the saw I saw, I'd like to see the saw you saw as you were passing through Arkansas.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Alternative possible spelling of Collector's last name: Datson, Datser

James Callow comment:

Already typewritten as Prose.

Keyword(s): Arkansas ; Detroit ; GAME ; Language ; Prose ; PUZZLE ; Saw ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): Prose ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

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

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EXCHANGE

YOU REMIND ME OF A MAN.
WHAT MAN?
THE MAN OF POWER.
WHAT POWER?
THE POWER OF VOODOO.
WHO DO?
YOU DO.
WHAT?
REMIND ME OF A MAN.

Submitter comment: THIS EXCHANGE IS USUALLY DONE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE AND IN FRONT OF
SOMEONE THAT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.
THIS EXCHANGE IS ALSO USUALLY REPEATED A COUPLE OF TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND DIALOGUE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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2320 Rounds

This was a popular story to upset the listener in
grade school.
Pete and Repeat went for a boat ride and Pete fell
off; who was left?
The listener is tricked into saying Repeat and making
the teller repeat the story endlessly.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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PETE AND REPEAT

PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN, SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON TO WHOM THE JOKE IS BEING TOLD ANSWERS THE QUESTION
WHO IS LEFT? WHICH TRIGGERS THE PUNCHLINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001960S

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PETE AND REPEAT

PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN, SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON TO WHOM THE JOKE IS BEING TOLD ANSWERS THE QUESTION
WHO IS LEFT? WHICH TRIGGERS THE PUNCHLINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001960S

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Tongue Twister Verse

As I was passing through Arkansas, I saw a saw that could outsaw any saw I ever saw.

So, if you're ever passing through Arkansas and see a saw that can outsaw the saw I saw, I'd like to see the saw you saw as you were passing through Arkansas.

James Callow comment:

Already typewritten as Prose.

Keyword(s): Arkansas ; Detroit ; Prose ; PUZZLE ; Saw ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): Prose ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

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

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Tongue Twister Verse

As I was passing through Arkansas, I saw a saw that could outsaw any saw I ever saw.

So, if you're ever passing through Arkansas and see a saw that can outsaw the saw I saw, I'd like to see the saw you saw as you were passing through Arkansas.

James Callow comment:

Already typewritten as Prose.

Keyword(s): Arkansas ; Detroit ; Prose ; PUZZLE ; Saw ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): Prose ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

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

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Tongue Twister Verse

As I was passing through Arkansas, I saw a saw that could outsaw any saw I ever saw.

So, if you're ever passing through Arkansas and see a saw that can outsaw the saw I saw, I'd like to see the saw you saw as you were passing through Arkansas.

James Callow comment:

Already typewritten as Prose.

Keyword(s): Arkansas ; Detroit ; Prose ; PUZZLE ; Saw ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): Prose ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

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

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Tongue Twister Verse

As I was passing through Arkansas, I saw a saw that could outsaw any saw I ever saw.

So, if you're ever passing through Arkansas and see a saw that can outsaw the saw I saw, I'd like to see the saw you saw as you were passing through Arkansas.

James Callow comment:

Already typewritten as Prose.

Keyword(s): Arkansas ; Detroit ; Prose ; PUZZLE ; Saw ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): Prose ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

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

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Betty Botta bought some butter. "But," she said, "this butter's bitter. If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But a bit o' better butter will but make my batter better." So she bought a bit o' butter, better than the bitter butter, made her bitter batter better. So 'twas better Betty Botta bought a bit o' better butter.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Something similar (but shorter) already typed as prose.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Baking ; Batter ; Butter ; COOKING ; Dearborn Heights ; GAME ; Language ; MICHIGAN ; Prose ; PUZZLE ; Redford ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): Prose ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

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

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Language

Baby Bunting:

By bye baby bunting, daddy's gone a hunting, for to catch a rabbit skin to wrap the baby bunting in.

Submitter comment:

My mother repeated this to my brothers and sisters and myself when we were very young. It was told to her when she was a child. It is a small verse used to explain the absence of father when the child asks where he is.

Data entry tech comment:

Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; infant ; Language ; Parent ; Prose ; RHYME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language: Tongue Twister

Tongue Holder:

How many sheets can a sheetcutter cut,

If a sheetcutter could cut sheets?

He'd cut all the sheets that a sheetcutter could, if a sheetcutter could cut sheets.

 

Submitter comment:

Spoken as rapidly as possible.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Crossed out the word Holder in TongueHolder and wrote Twister.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; GAME ; Language ; Prose ; REPETITION ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

All is not gold that glitters.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Glitter ; Gold ; Maxim ; Prose ; PROVERB ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Prose Narrative Tale

Prose Narrative Tale:

Folktale of New England -- The Gingerbread Man.

Children's story of a runaway cookie including repeated theme: "rubn, run, as fast as you can. Can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Bookhouse Volume One

Keyword(s): CATCH ; CHILDREN ; Cookie ; Fast ; Gingerbread ; Gingerbread Man ; Legend ; Narrative ; New England ; Prose ; REGIONAL ; Run ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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Custom

Grammaw's Average Day:

"...go milk the cow and put the milk in the springhouse...churn sum buttermilk 'n make the butter...'n make a batch of hominy...rest a little whilst shelling peas...hoe and weed the garden 'n carry sum vegetables back to the cabin...take sic Mandy Lou sum soup on the next farm 'n gather sum herbs to doctor wid later on...shell sum butterbeans...gather sum pears 'n make sum preserves...git the aigs outta the nests 'n get the goat outta the garden...cook three meals a day."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Boiling and Baking ; Booger Hollow

Keyword(s): ; Average ; Beans ; Chores ; CUSTOM ; Day ; Domestic ; Excerpt ; FARMING ; GARDEN ; Goat ; Grandma ; Narrative ; Peas ; Prose ; Shell ; Story ; VEGETABLE ; WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

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Prose Narrative - Weather

Cold weather's coming cuz the hogs is carrying sticks.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Ashland City

Keyword(s): Folk ; Maxim ; Narrative ; Prose ; Saying ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire

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Prose-Weather

When you hear the first whipoorwhill call, its the right time to plant the corn.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Ashland City

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; BIRDS ; CORN ; FARMING ; GARDENING ; PLANT ; Prose

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire

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Prose Narrative - Weather

When the moon is a half cresent, it's going to rain because the moon is going to tip up and spill the rain out of the corners.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): MOON ; Narrative ; Prose ; Rain ; TALL TALE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire

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Rain-Prose

If the rain drops hang from the tree limbs - cold weather is coming.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Cold ; Narrative ; PREDICTION ; Prose ; Rain ; Tree ; WEATHER ; WINTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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