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IF I USED THE NAME OF GOD IN VAIN, THEN GOD WOULD STRIKE
ME DEAD.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; THE NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY ; PAGE 82

James Callow Keyword(s): CURSING ; SWEARING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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Tongue Twister:

I'm not a fig plucker, nor a fig pluckers son, but I'll pluck figs till a fig plucker comes.

Submitter comment:

Said as fast as possible and repeated until subject is thoroughly confused.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [S570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

The words Taste? and Verse? are written across the top of the card. The word Verse?  is then crossed out.

Keyword(s): Fig ; GAME ; Language ; Pig ; RHYME ; Swear ; SWEARING ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

Rugby Party Song:

(Group Sings)

We are off to see the Wild West Show, the elephant and the kangaroo, big baboons and cheetahs, nothing could be neeter, we're off to see the Wild West Show.

(Persons balance a glass of beer on his head and gets floor)

"And in this cage we have the _______!"

(All)

"The _______! Incredible, Fantastic! No Shit! What the fuck is an _______?"

(Person removes glass of beer from his head and says)

"The ______ is a very strange animal. It _______."

(Chorus is repeated ehre and the song begins again.

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Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Crude ; DRINK ; Lewd ; Rugby ; SONG ; Sport ; Swear ; West ; Zoo

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
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BELIEF

THERE ARE CUFFS ON PANTS BECAUSE ENGLISH GENTLEMAN FARMERS USED
TO ROLL UP THEIR TROUSERS WHEN THEY WENT TO WORK IN THE FIELDS.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cuffed ; English ; Farmers ; Fashion ; Functions ; Menswear ; Origin ; Pants

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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