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CATHERINE, CATHERINE, IN THE TUB
YOUR MOTHER FORGOT TO PULL THE PLUG
OH MY GOSH OH MY SOUL
THERE GOES CATHERINE DOWN THE HOLE.

Submitter comment: YOU CAN USE ANY NAME IN PLACE OF CATHERINE.

Data entry tech comment: LINES HAVE BEEN DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME ; NARRATIVE VERSE VOCABULARY GAME ; RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: ABCC

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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Language

Slang Expressions:

Op Yop Talk. It's a slang expression which I recently learned. All the letters of the alphabet except the vowels (a,e,i,o,u) and you put an OP at the end of the letter. Such as: STOP - you would say in Op Talk: Sop Top O Pop

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Motifs and BN added by TRD

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Language ; SECRET ; SLANG ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary

James Callow Keyword(s): Slang Expressions

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Language

Slang Expressions:

Dippy, fag, flag, bad, bold, jive, slimey, freaky, chumpy, jivey, cool, rocked, jammed, super, ain't, jolly, looney, goof, goofy, "da," bull, shoo, shy not, why.

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Motifs and BN added by TRD

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Language ; SLANG ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Language

School Vocabulary;

"brown bagging it'

Carrying your lunch in a paper sack.

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Keyword(s): Bag ; Brown ; Colloquialism ; Language ; Lunch ; Nickname ; Paper ; Sac ; SCHOOL ; SLANG ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Language

Chew The Fat:

To sit around and "chew the fat" means to talk, rap, gab, etc.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Chew ; Colloquialism ; Fat ; GOSSIP ; Language ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TALK ; Term ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Language

I have heard North Hall referred to as "Menopause Manor" the reason being that there are quite a few older residents in the dorm.

Submitter comment:

North Hall of Vanderbilt University

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Keyword(s): AGE ; Dormitory ; Female ; Language ; Manor ; Menopause ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; University ; Vanderbilt ; Vernacular ; Vocabulary ; WOMEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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Language

"grandma's visit" is another term for menstrual period.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Grandma ; Language ; Menstrual ; MENSTRUATION ; Nickname ; Period ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Language

"Lag" means carry

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): CARRY ; Lag ; Language ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Language

"wag" means carry

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Keyword(s): CARRY ; Language ; SLANG ; Vocabulary ; Wag

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Language

"Piecing" means munching on candy or junk instead of eating a meal.

Submitter comment:

Heard from people from Delaware

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): CANDY ; FOOD ; Junk ; Language ; Nutrition ; Piecing ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Language

"Hatching Jacket" is a maternity dress or top.

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

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Language

Wheel is another name for bicycle

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bicycle ; Language ; SLANG ; Vocabulary ; Wheel

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Copper is another name for a penny

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Copper ; Language ; METAL ; MONEY ; Penny ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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Many people in middle Tenn. speak of living in the "Bible Belt" of the state because churches are so prominent.

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Keyword(s): Belt ; BIBLE ; CHURCH ; COUNTRY ; Language ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; STATE ; Tennessee ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Language

The eight secluded areas complete with love seats in a girl's dorm lounge are known as the "passion pits."

Submitter comment:

The college is Emory and Henry in Emory, Virginia and the dorm is Martha Washington

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Keyword(s): COLLEGE ; Dorm ; Dormitories ; Language ; Lounge ; Loveseat ; Nickname ; Passion ; Pit ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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Language: Rhyme

When you get old and out of shape, remember Sears has corsets for 2.98

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AGE ; Corset ; Language ; MONEY ; Old ; poem ; RHYME ; Sears ; SHAPE ; VERSE ; Vocabulary

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

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Language: Rhyme

When you get married and live in a truck,

Order your children from Sears Roebuck.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Language ; Married ; poem ; RHYME ; Roebuck ; Sears ; TRUCK ; VERSE ; Vocabulary

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

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Vocabulary

Visiting Mrs. Murphy is another way of saying going to the restroom.

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Keyword(s): BATHROOM ; EUPHEMISM ; Murphy ; Nickname ; Restroom ; VISITING ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Vocabulary

Branch is a name for a stream of water

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Branch ; Language ; River ; Stream ; Term ; Tributary ; Vocabulary ; WATER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Language

To spell separate, remember "caught in a trap by a rat" that way, you'll not replace "a" with "e".

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN addedd by TRD

Keyword(s): Language ; Mnemonics ; rat ; Separate ; SPELLING ; Trap ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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