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RHYME WHICH SUPPOSEDLY MAKES SENSE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND

OMI DE ARMIS TRES
IM IN A DIS TRES
CANTU DIS COVER
MEA SA LAEVUR.

Data entry tech comment: NOT SURE OF SPELLING, SINCE TYPEWRITER VERY DIRTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT ; SPELLING RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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(BOY'S NAME) AND (GIRL'S NAME) SITTING IN A TREE,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G. (SPELLING)
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE,
THEN COMES (NAME) WITH THE BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS FROM GRADESCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTI-CLIMAX HUMOR SYMBOL ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: TROCHAIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB ; SEX, REFRAIN ; SPELLING RHYME

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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O-I-C

I'M IN A 10 DER MOOD TODAY
AND FEEL POETIC 2
4 FUN I'LL JUST -- OFF A LINE
AND SEND IT OFF 2 U.

I'M SORRY U HAVE BEEN 6 SO LONG,
DON'T BE DISCONSOL8
BUT BEAR YOUR ILLS WITH 42DE
AND THEY WON'T SEEM SO GR8.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING ILLNESS ; QUATRAIN RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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SIGNATURE

2-SWEET, 2-BE, 4-GOTTEN. THIS SIGNATURE WAS OFTEN USED IN SIGNING
GRADUATION AND MEMORY BOOKS DURING GRADUATION. MY GRADUATION BOOK
WAS SIGNED IN THIS WAY BY SEVERAL FRIENDS.

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

2 GOOD 2 BE 4 GOTTEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH

Y,S YOU ARE. Y,S YOU BE.
I C U R 2 Y,S FOR ME.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1963

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): WISE=Y'S, C=SEE, U=YOU, R=ARE DIGITAL SPELLING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

2 GOOD
+ 2 BE
__________
4 GOTTEN

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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COUNTING-OUT RHYME

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER IN THE NOSE,
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD? (THE PERSON TO WHOM THE CALLER IS POINTING
NAMES A COLOR) EXAMPLE-BLUE
B-L-U-E SPELLS BLUE AND I WILL NOT PICK YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS COUNTING-OUT RHYME WAS A FAVORITE OF THE KIDS IN MY
NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE SELDOM WOULD A COLOR BE CHOSEN VERY OFTEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPELLING

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

Date learned: CA00001961

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GAME VERSE

HAMBONE, HAMBONE HAVE YOU HEARD
PAPA IS GONNA BUY ME A MOCKING BIRD.
IF THAT MOCKING BIRD DON'T SING
PAPA IS GONNA BUY ME A DIAMOND RING.
IF THAT RING DON'T SHINE
PAPA IS GONNA BUY ME A BOTTLE OF WINE.
IF THAT BOTTLE OF WINE DON'T TASTE,
PAPA IS GONNA TAKE ME TO THE LAKE.
IF THE WATER SPLASH ON ME
PAPA IS GONNA WHIP MY B-U-T

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS USED AS A HAND CLAPPING GAME BETWEEN TWO OR MORE
PERSONS.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM SPELLING

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

Date learned: 11-05-1973

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AUTOGRAPH

Y, S YOU ARE. Y, S YOU BE.
I C U R 2 Y, S FOR ME.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1963

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING ; WISE=Y'S, C=SEE, U=YOU, R=ARE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

2 GOOD 2 BE 4 GOTTEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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SIGNATURE

2-SWEET, 2-BE, 4-GOTTEN. THIS SIGNATURE WAS OFTEN USED IN SIGNING
GRADUATION AND MEMORY BOOKS DURING GRADUATION. MY GRADUATION BOOK
WAS SIGNED IN THIS WAY BY SEVERAL FRIENDS.

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING

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

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS TWICE IN A MOMENT,
ONCE IN A MINUTE,
BUT NOT AT ALL IN A THOUSAND YEARS? (THE LETTER M).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): DIMINISHING CHAIN DIMINUTIVE CHAIN ; SPELLING RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

MOST FAMILIES VIE FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE PARISH PRIEST.
INVITING HIM TO DINNER OR FOR A DRINK
BRINGS GOOD LUCK TO YOUR HOME.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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RIDDLE

WHAT QUESTION INVARIABLY DEMANDS YES FOR AN ANSWER?
"WHAT DOES Y-E-S SPELL?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPELLING (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: IT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER.
A: AN EMBARRASSED ZEBRA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL LOBBY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): NEWSPAPER RIDDLE, VARIAN OF ; SPELLING: RED FOR READ

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S ROUND ON THE ENDS AND HIGH IN THE MIDDLE?
OHIO

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): SPELLING STATE LETTER SHAPE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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JOKE

HOW IS AN ISLAND AND "T" THE SAME? THEY'RE BOTH IN THE MIDDLE OF WATER.

Submitter comment:

HIS BROTHER JACK HEARD IT ON T.V.
TEA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SPELLING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAS FIVE LETTERS BUT WHEN YOU TAKE TWO AWAY HAS ONE?
STONE

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): OPPOSITIONAL: CAUSAL CONTRADICTIVE ; SPELLING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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