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A CANNER, EXCEEDINGLY CANNY,
ONE MORNING REMARKED TO HIS GRANNY:
A CANNER CAN CAN, ANYTHING THAT HE CAN CAN;
BUT A CANNER CAN'T CAN A CAN CAN HE?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): METER: TROCHAIC ; PUN, WORD PLAY HUMOR ; RHYME: AABA ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT

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

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BILL HAD A BILLBOARD
HE ALSO HAD A BOARD BILL
BILL SOLD HIS BILLBOARD TO PAY FOR HIS BOARD BILL
THEREFORE, BILL'S BILLBOARD NO LONGER BORED BILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATES THE RHYME HAS BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR A LONG
TIME AND WAS RELATED TO HIM BY HIS FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING NONSENSE ; HUMOR PUN INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; RHYME: ABBB ; TONGUETWISTER ; WORD PLAY, ITERATION (FINAL) ALLITERATION

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

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IT'S NOT THE COUGH
THAT CARRIES YOU OFF.
IT'S THE COFFIN
THEY CARRY YOU OFF IN.

Submitter comment: HEARD AND SAID WHEN YOUNG, 1915-1920.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DEATH ; HUMOR TANGLETALK PUN ; IAMBIC-DACTYLIC, FEMININE RHYME, WORD PLAY, REPETITION ; OBSERVATION, TONGUETWISTER ; QUATRAIN SURPRISE ENDING CONTRAST ; RHYME: AABB

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

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMP
SHE FILLED IT WITH BENZINE.
SHE WENT TO LIGHT HER LITTLE LAMP,
AND HASN'T SINCE BENZINE (BEEN SEEN).

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IAMBIC METER WORD PLAY ; PARODY NURSERY RHYME ; PUN ACCIDENTS GORE ; SURPRISE ENDING, NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

THERE ARE WARSHIPS,, THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIPS BUT THE BEST SHIP
IS OUR "FRIENDSHIP"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION INITIAL ITERATION WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

THERE ARE WARSHIPS,, THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIPS BUT THE BEST SHIP
IS OUR "FRIENDSHIP"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION INITIAL ITERATION ; WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB

A MAN WHO KNOWS AND KNOW THAT HE KNOWS, FOLLOW HIM.

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

A MAN WHO KNOWS AND KNOW NOT THAT HE KNOWS IS A FOOL, SHUN HIM.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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FRIENDSHIP PROVERB

THERE E BIG SHIPS AND THERE ARE LITTLE SHIPS, BUT THE BEST SHIPS AR
ARE FRIENDSHIPS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM-- FINNISH

NOT EVIL WITH EVIL BUT GOOD WITH EVIL
NOT EVIL FOR EVIL BUT GOOD FOR EVIL

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD DOES NOT CONTAIN A LOCATION FOR THE ITEM
OR AN ADDRESS FOR THE COLLECTOR

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION ; TRANSLATION? ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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BLASON POPULAIRE

PHI KAPPS NEVER GET DRUNK, IF THEY DO THEY NEVER STAGGER,
IF THEY STAGGER THEY NEVER FALL. IF THEY FALL THEY FALL ON THEIR
FACES, SO THEIR PINS NEVER SHOW.

Submitter comment: SPOKEN WHILE DRINKING AT THE 20'S WITH SOME FRATERNITY BROTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RESEMBLES A CHAIN TALE.

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; ITERATION ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

HE WHO GOES FORTH WITH A FIFTH ON THE FOURTH, MAY NOT GO
FORTH ON THE FIFTH.

Submitter comment: READ IN PARISH BULLETIN. ALSO APPEARED IN READER'S DIGEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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A FLEA AND A FLY IN A FLUE

A FLEA AND A FLY IN A FLUE,/WERE IMPRISONED, SO WHAT COULD THEY DO?
SAID THE FLY ,LET US FLEE/ SAID THE FLEA, LET US FLY/
SO THEY FLEW THROUGH A FLAW IN THE FLUE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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AN INNOCENT MAIDEN FROM BUTTE
THOUGHT A BIG CITY SLICKER WAS CUTE.
NOW SHE'S IN, YOU MIGHT GUSS,
A MATFRNITY DRESS AND HE'S IH A PATERNITY SUIT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY OWNS A BAR AND THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS
SHE REMEMBERED FROM A CUSTOMER.
INFORMANT'S DAMILY OWNS A BAR AND THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS
SHE REMEMBERED FROM A CUSTOMER.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LIMERICK ; RHYME: AABBA ; SEDUCTION ; TRIPLE RHYMES ; WORD PLAY

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

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CHILDREN'S RIME

I SCREAM,
YOU SCREAM,
WE ALL SCREAM
FOR ICE CREAM.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION ; WORD PLAY, PUN

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

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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PROVERB

THE GREAT AWAKENING FOLLOWS THE GREAT ASLEEPING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; EASTOWN THEATRE

Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-07-1970

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THE BEAVER FAMILY

PAPA BEAVER WAS SAYING GRACE BEFORE SUPPER:
"GOD BLESS MAMA DAM, PAPA DAM, BROTHER DAM, SISTER DAM..."
BABY DAM INTERRUPTED HIM--
"GOD BLESS THE WHOLE DAM FAMILY!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; DAMN ; HUMOR ; PRAYERS ; TALKING ANIMALS ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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A SMART GIRL CAN PLAY POST OFFICE ALL NIGHT WITHOUT
GETTING ANY MAIL IN HER BOX.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; PUN: MAIL FOR MALE ; SEX ; SLANG: BOX FOR VAGINA ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 10-05-1971

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OFF COLOR JOKE

A SECRETARY CAME TO WORK ONE MORNING AND INFORMED HER BOSS
THAT SHE HAD A NEW POSITION. "GOOD", HE SAYS, "LETS TRY IT}"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; MISUNDERSTANDING ; SECRETARY ; SEX ; WORD PLAY ; WORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 10-03-1971

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SEX LIFE AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS

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WHEN MAN WAS FIRST MADE HE WAS GIVEN ONLY 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX
LIFE. NATURALLY HE WAS HORRIFIED -- ONLY 20 YEARS?
THE MONKEY TOO, WAS GIVEN ONLY 20 YEARS BUT HE REPLIED
"TEN YEARS WAS ENOUGH", SO MAN ASKED FOR THE OTHER TEN YEARS AND
IT WAS GIVEN TO HIM. THE LION WAS ALSO GIVEN 20 YEARS BUT HE TOO
SAID TEN YEARS WAS ENOUGH. AGAIN MAN ASKED FOR THE OTHER TEN YEARS
AND THE LION SAID "OF COURSE". THEN CAME THE DONKEY, HE ALSO WAS
GIVEN 20 YEARS BUT LIKE THE OTHERS TEN YEARS WAS ENOUGH. AND MAN,
AGAIN ASKED FOR THE OTHER TEN YEARS AND IT WAS GIVEN TO HIM. MM
THIS EXPLAINS WHY MAN TODAY HAS 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE,
10 YEARS OF MONKEYING AROUND, 10 YEARS OF LION ABOUT IT, AND 10
YEARS OF MAKING AN ASS OF HIMSELF.

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; HUMOR ; MYTH ; SEX ; SURPRISE ENDING ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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