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CHILDREN'S VERSE

I HAD A WOODEN WHISTLE,
AND IT WOULDN'T WHISTLE.
I GOT A STEEL WHISTLE,
AND IT STILL WOULDN'T WHISTLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOEIA ; PUN=WOULDN'T WOODEN

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

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE,
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.
FIRST, HE BLOWS IT GENTLY,
AND THEN HE BLOWS IT ROUGH.
JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE.
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.

Submitter comment: NO INFORMATION AS TO WHEN THIS WAS USUALLY RECITED.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): INCLUSION, SEXTET, CONTRAST ; INDIRECTION, CHARM, ADVICE ; METER: ROCHEE RHYME: ABCBAB ; ONOMATOPOEIA, REPETITION, REFRAIN ALLITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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ITALIAN TAUNT

DEGO THROUGH SNOW, DEGO THROUGH MUD,
AND WHEN DEGO FLAT,
DEGO WOP, WOP, WOP.

Submitter comment:

HE WAS IN MY ROOM EARLIER IN THE SEMESTER AND WE GOT TO
TALKING ABOUT TAUNTS AGAINST ITALIANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY SLANG FOR ITALIAN: WOP, DEGO ONOMATOPOEIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse in Other Group of Folklore C800.329

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FLEMISH PROVERB

AS THE CLOCK TICKS AT HOME, IT TICKS NOWHERE ELSE. ZOOALS HET KLOKJE THUIS TIKT, TIKT HET NERGENS. (FLEMISH)

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN HE WAS VISITING DETROIT, MICH. FROM BELGIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS ; ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; OBSERVATION ; TIME FLIES WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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PROVERB

AS UNPLANNED AS A HICCUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; INVOLUNTARY ; SPONTANEOUS REACTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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A POLISH PROVERB

ZEGAR NIE JE, NIE PYE, A JEDNAK BYE. (POLISH)
TRANSLATION: A CLOCK NEITHER EATS, NOR DRINKS, AND YET HE GOES
ON TICKING.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; HUMAN CREATIONS ; ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DID YOU EVER TAKE A WALK ON A HOT SUMMER DAY
DOWN BY THE RIVER JUST TO PASS THE TIME AWAY?
PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKET AND YOUR
POCKETS IN YOUR PANTS, AND WATCH THE LITTLE
FISHEES DO THE HOOTCHIE-HOOTCHIE DANCE.
OH AN OLD CROW FLEW IN A COUNTRY STORE
AND HE PTTTT ON THE COUNTER AND HE PTTTT ON THE
FLOOR, AND HE PTTTT IN THE COFFEE AND HE PTTTT IN
THE TEA. AND IF I HADNA' RUN, HE'D A PTTTT ON ME.
IF FROGS HAD WINGS AND TOADS HAD HAIR
AUTOMOBILES COULD FLY IN THE AIR. IF PUMPKINS
GREW ON WATERMELON VINES, YOU OUGHTA HAVE
SNOW IN THE SUMMERTIME.

PTTTT-DA-DEE-YA-DA-PTTT-DING

Where learned: DEARBORN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BIRD DUNG ; LUBBERLAND ; MARVELS ; ONOMATOPOEIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C360
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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THE DOVES

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW PANE
THE DOVES ARE MATING ONCE AGAIN
THEY BOW, THEY BILL, THEY FLAP, THEY FLUTTER
FROM ROOF TO RAIL, FROM GATE TO GUTTER.
THEY PECK AND PREEN AND SCRATCH AND SCATTER,
MAKING THE MOST INFERNAL CHATTER--
A COURSE OF CONDUCT OPPORTUNE,
NO DOUBT, TO SUCH A MONTH AS JUNE.
AND YET, I MUST CONFESS I FIND
SUCH BEDLAM (TO THE TEMPERATE MIND),
WHEN EMPHASISED WITHOUT ABATEMENT,
MERELY BECOMES AN OVER-STATEMENT.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; HUMOR ; MONOLOGUE ; ONOMATOPAEIA ; PHONETIC INTENSIVE: FLAP, FLUTTER ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.444

Date learned: CA10001968

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PASTIME

THE FOLLOWING IS A VERSE SUNG AND PLAYED BY YOUNG CHILDREN. IT IS
ASSOCIATED WITH VARIOUS HAND MOTIONS WHICH ARE PLAYED AGAINST A
SECOND PERSON'S BACK. MM
GOING ON A TREASURE HUNT
X MARKS THE SPOT.
DOT, DOT, DASH, DASH, QUESTION MARK.
POKE HER HERE,
POKE HER THERE.
CLIMBING UP THE LADDER,
STEP BY STEP,
GUSHING THROUGH THE MUD.
COOL OCEAN BREEZE.
TIGHT SQUEEZE.
AND NOW YOU HAVE THE CHILLS.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS FIRST HEARD BY THE COLLECTOR IN 1976 FROM A GRADE
SCHOOL AGE SISTER. THIS IS USUALLY CONSIDERED A PASTIME. HOWEVER,
WHEN THE OBJECT IS TO GIVE THE PERSON THE CHILLS, A GOAL IS
ESTABLISHED AND SUCCESS DEPENDS ON ITS ACHIEVEMENT. THE HAND
MOTIONS CORRELATE TO THE LINES SUNG. HERE, GUSHING IS AN EXAMPLE
OF AN ONOMATOPEIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; USA ; SOUTHGATE

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPEIA: GUSHING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 06-00-1976

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KODER (TOM CAT)

WHEN THE TOM CAT GOES OUT COURTING HIS LADY FRIEND, YOU CAN
HEAR HIM OUT IN THE ALLEY. HE COMES UP TO HER BACK DOOR
AND SAYS, "MEOOW, MEOW?" WHAT HE IS REALLY ASKING HER IS,
"CAN YOU COME OOOUT NOOOW?" THE LADY CAT THEN ANSWERS,
"MEOOW, MEOOW," WHICH MEANS, "NOT NOOOW, AFTER WHIIILE."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY GRANDMOTHER. WHEN SHE TOLD THIS STORY, SHE
EMPHASIZED THE WORDS TO MAKE THEM SOUND LIKE A CAT'S MEOW.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOIEA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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"RUN RABBIT RUN"

Run rabbit
Run rabbit
Run, run, run.
Run rabbit
Run rabbit
Run, run, run.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
Goes the farmer's gun.
So run rabbit
Run rabbit
Run, run, run.

Submitter comment: This was a song that we sung as a family, usually
while driving on long trips. It is a "round" song
which is sung in the same manner as "ROW, ROW, ROW
YOUR BOAT." My mother states that this is a song
which she learned while growing up in Lexington, Kentucky.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): HUNTING

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOEIA

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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"On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table, and onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball, rolled right out the door.
It rolled in the garden, and under a bush,
And then my poor meatball, was nothing but mush."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): Parody of "On Top Of Old Smokey"

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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HIGH STEPPING HORSES

MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS SONG WHEN SHE WAS IN KINDERGARTEN.
"HIGH STEPPING HORSES"
HIGH STEPPING HORSES,
HIGH STEPPING HORSES
WHAT DO HIGH STEPPING HORSES SAY?
WHAT DO HIGH STEPPING HORSES SAY?
HEE-HAW! HEE-HAW! HEE-HAW! HEE-HAW!

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER DID NOT LIKE THIS SONG BECAUSE SHE LOVED HORSES AND
SHE KNEW THEY DID NOT SAY "HEE-HAW." SHE DID NOT TEACH IT TO HER
CHILDREN. IT WAS LEARNED AT PEASLEE SCHOOL IN CINCINNATI.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOEIA

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

Date learned: 00001946CA

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CHUGGING CONTESTS

A FAVORITE PASTIME AT PARTIES IS FOR EVERYONE TO GET
A MUG FULL OF BEER AND SEE WHO CAN CHUG IT DOWN THE
FASTEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHUG=SWALLOW, WITHOUT STOPPING.

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

Date learned: 03-29-1968

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WHY IS AN ITALIAN LIKE A HELICOPTER?
ANS. BECAUSE THE BIG PROPELLER GOES WHAP, WHAP,
WHAP, AND THE LITTLE ONE GOES DEGO, DEGO, DEGO...

Where learned: APARTMENT

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOEIA

Subject headings: ITAL
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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Maxim

Christopher Columbus set an example the Government's never forgotten. He didn't know where he was going, he didn't know where he was when he got there, and he did it all on borrowed money.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B660] crossed out. Nothing replaces it.

Submission card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Christopher Columbus ; Government ; Jest, Anecdote, Pun, Joke, Irony ; JOKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Mnemonic Device

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [ C750.534] is crossed out. Replaced with the words Mnemonic Device.

Keyword(s): Christopher Columbus ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; RHYME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

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Language

"Hatching Jacket" is a maternity dress or top.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DRESS ; Hatching ; Jacket ; Language ; Maternity ; PREGNANCY ; SLANG ; Top ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Environmental Factor

Background and Environmental Factors:

Bottle Pinnacle, Wyoming - rare name - named for its shape.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; American Place Names

Keyword(s): Background ; Bottle ; ENVIRONMENT ; ETYMOLOGY ; Nickname ; Pinnacle ; REGIONAL ; SHAPE ; Topographical ; Wyoming

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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