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THE MONKEY'S DISGRACE

THREE MONKEYS SAT UNDER A COCONUT TREE,
DISCUSSING THINGS AS THEY ARE TO BE.
SAID ONE TO THE OTHER, NOW LISTEN YOU TWO,
THERE IS A CERTAIN RUMOR THAT CANNOT BE TRUE.
THAT MAN DESCENDED FROM OUR NOBLE RACE,
THE VERY IDEA IS A DISGRACE.
NO MONKEY EVER DESERTED HIS WIFE,
STARVED A BABY OR RUINED A LIFE,
AND YOU HAVE NEVER KNOWN A MOTHER MONK
TO LEAVE HER BABIES WITH OTHERS TO BUNK.
OR PASS THEM ON FROM ONE TO ANOTHER
TILL THEY SCARCELY KNOW WHO IS THEIR MOTHER.
ANOTHER THING YOU WILL NEVER SEE;
A MONK TO BUILD A FENCE AROUND A COCONUT TREE.
AND LET THE COCONUTS GO TO WASTE,
FORBIDDING ALL OTHER MONKS TO TASTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IRONY SARCASM ; JUDGMENT ON HUMAN RACE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.327

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PROVERBAL METAPHOR

EXPERIENCE KEEPS A DEAR SCHOOL, BUT FOOLS WILL LEARN IN NO OTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU. MM
BUT WHEN ROSES ARE WILTED
AND VIOLETS ARE DEAD
SUGAR IS LUMPY
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COMPLIMENT ; CONTRAST ; FLOWERS ; HUMOR ; INSULT ; METER: IAMBS ; METER: TROCHEES ; QUATRAINS ; SARCASM ; STUPIDITY ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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"Nobody Likes Me"

Nobody likes me
Everybody hates me
I'm gonna eat some worms. MM
Big ones little ones
Ooshy gooshy wooshy ones
Ones that wriggle and squirm. MM
Nobody knows how much I like them
All three meals a day.
And in between.

Submitter comment: This was a song that I learned when I was a child.
It was sung in a sarcastic manner to anyone who complained
of being "picked on," or to anyone who was pouting.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): SARCASM

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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"Goodie Edition"

Submitter comment: This is the colloquial phrase used by residents of
McBain, Michigan to indicate someone or something that
is particularly run-down or slovenly.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): Sarcasm, derision

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name

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Every old crow
Thinks its baby white as snow.

Submitter comment: This proverb was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
as a way of dismissing praise given to children by
their own parents.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): sarcasm, humor, parental pride

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL METAPHOR ; BIRD ; COLOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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PROVERB

DID YOU COME AFTER FIRE?

Submitter comment: WHEN SOMEONE COMES AND LEAVES HURRIEDLY, THE EXPRESSION
USED IS

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE LIBRARY

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-04-1969

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POINT INDEX FINGER IN AIR AND TWIRL IT. WRIST CAN
ALSO BE TURNED AT THE SAME TIME.
INFORMANT SAID THIS MEANS "KEEP THE CARNIVAL GOING."
ALSO SAID THAT HE LEARNED ABOUT IT IN A BOOK.

Data entry tech comment: ALSO MEANS "WHOOPEE" IN A MOST UNENTHUSIASTIC WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 10-27-1970

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RUBBING THUMB ACROSS FOREFINGER SYMBOLIZING
"MY HEART BLEEDS FOR YOU."
RUBBING FOREFINGERS ACROSS EACH OTHER:
THE LITTLEST CELLO IN THE WORLD ACCOMPANYING
THE LITTLEST VIOLIN IN THE WORLD PLAYING:
"MY HEART BLEEDS FOR YOU."
MOVING THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOWARD AND AWAY FROM
EACH OTHER:
MITCH MILLER DIRECTING THE LITTLEST VIOLIN AND
CELLO IN THE WORLD PLAYING "MY HEART BLEEDS FOR YOU."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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WHEN SOMEONE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS BAD LUCK OR
MISFORTUNE, OFTEN ONE WILL RUB HIS INDEX FINGER
AND THUMB TOGETHER LIGHTLY, AND REMARK, "DO YOU
KNOW WHAT THAT IS? IT'S THE WORLD'S SMALLEST
VIOLIN PLAYING "HEARTS AND FLOWERS" FOR YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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THIS GESTURE IS MADE BY RUBBING THE THUMB AND FOREFINGER
TOGETHER. IT IS USUALLY ACCOMPANIED BY THE LINE, "THIS
IS THE SMALLEST VIOLIN IN THE WORLD PLAYING MY HEART
CRIES FOR YOU." IT IS USED AS A FORM OF MOCKERY
AND WOULD APPLY TO A PERSON GIVING YOU A HARD LUCK
STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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PLAYING THE WORLD'S SMALLEST VIOLIN WITH THE FORE-
FINGER OR INDEX FINGER RUBBING BACK AND FORTH
ACROSS THE THUMB FOR MOCK SYMPATHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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RUBBING THE THUMB AND INDEX FINGER TOGETHER SIGNIFIES
THE SMALLEST RECORD PLAYER IN THE WORLD, PLAYING
THE SMALLEST RECORDING OF "MY HEART BLEEDS FOR YOU."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THIS IS A GESTURE WHICH I USED TO OBSERVE IN MY HOME
TOWN OF LANSING {MICHIGAN}. THE FOREFINGER OF ONE
HAND IS DRAWN BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE THUMB OF
THE SAME HAND. IT IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE
WORLD'S SMALLEST VIOLIN PLAYING "MY HEART CRIES FOR
YOU." IN OTHER WORDS, IT IS USED AS AN EXPRESSION
OF MOCK SYMPATHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THIS IS A GESTURE WHICH I USED TO OBSERVE IN MY
HOME TOWN OF LANSING {MICHIGAN}. THE FOREFINGER
OF ONE HAND DESCRIBES A CIRCLE ON THE THUMB OF THE
SAME HAND. IT IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE WORLD'S
SMALLEST RECORD PLAYER PLAYING "MY HEART CRIES FOR
YOU." IN OTHER WORDS, IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF
MOCK SYMPATHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU A SOB-STORY YOU RUB YOUR INDEX
FINGER AND THUMB TOGETHER AND ASK THEM IF THEY KNOW
WHAT IT MEANS. THEN YOU TELL THEM THAT IT'S THE
WORLD'S SMALLEST VIOLIN PLAYING "MY HEART BLEEDS
FOR YOU."

Where learned: GARDEN CITY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Retort

What do you wnat? Eggs in your beer?

Submitter comment:

I heard this repeatedly when playing baseball in childhood days.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Something besides this must come first?

Usually in Singular?

Keyword(s): BEER ; COMEBACK ; Eggs ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

Smart Aleck Saying:

Deaf in one ear, and can't hear in the other.

Data entry tech comment:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_folklorists

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; DEAF ; Ear ; Hearing ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

A) "You dance very well."

B) "I wish I could say the same about you."

A) "Oh, you could, if you were as big a fibber as I am!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Retort? Double A! A gives the punch line, not B.

The original Title [Smart Aleck Saying] has been crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; DANCE ; Fibber ; INSULT ; Liar ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverbial Comparison

Is it clear now?

"Oh yes, Clear as mud."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. replaced wtih current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SARCASM ; SIMILE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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