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OLD MEN AND OLD WOMEN MAKE GOOD SOUP

Submitter comment: SAID IN REFERENCE TO CHAPERONES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; CANNIBALISM ; PUN--ON WORD "MAKE"

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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BLASON POPULAIRE

PACELLI WOULDN'T BE CAUGHT WITH HIS VERBAL PANTS DOWN

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD STATES THAT THE INFORMATON WAS RECEIVED
IN A LETTER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; WORDS

James Callow Keyword(s): UNPREPARED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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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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SONG

THE PIGGITY POOR, OLD SLIGGITY SLAVE.
HAS GIDDILY GONE TO RIGGITY REST,
I NIGGITY KNOW THAT HIGGITY HO,
IS FIRGGITY-0- FREE FREE.
HIS PIGGITY POOR, OLD BIGGITY BONES,
DISTURB HIM NIGGITY NOT,
WAY D-DOWN IN T-TENNESSEE-O-SEE-SEE.

Submitter comment: WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN WE USED TO SING THIS, I DO NOT
RECALL WHERE I EXACTLY HEARD IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; STUTTERING

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE,

THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS CROSSED THE RHINE,
TO FILL THEIR BELLIES FULL OF WINE,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THEY CAME UPON A WAYSIDE INN, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY CAME UPON A WAYSIDE INN, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY CAME UPON A WAYSIDE INN,
AND THEY DECIDED TO GO IN,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THE INNKEEPER HAD A DAUGHTER FAIR, TABOO, TABOO,
THE INNKEEPER HAD A DAUGHTER FAIR, TABOO, TABOO,
THE INNKEEPER HAD A DAUGHTER FAIR
WITH DARK AND WAVY LONG BROWN HAIR,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THEY LAID HER ON A FEATHER BED, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY LAID HER ON A FEATHER BED, TABOO, TABOO,
THEY LAID HER ON A FEATHER BED
PULLED THE BLANKETS ON OVER HER HEAD,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

THREE DRAGON SAILORS WENT TO HELL, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS WENT TO HELL, TABOO, TABOO,
THREE DRAGON SAILORS WENT TO HELL,
WHERE THEY OOMPHED THE DEVIL'S WIFE AS WELL,
TABOO, TABOO, TA-BOTTLE OF BOTTLE OF BOOZE.

Submitter comment: A COLLEGE TUNE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF:
"THE YANKS ARE MARCHING HOME AGAIN"

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM (OOMPHED) FOR OBSCENE WORD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Emotion
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 11-20-1969

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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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KE-MO KI-MO KIT E A ME WAY
ME-HI ME-HO
ME IN COME PERRIWINKLE
IN COME NIPCAT, HIT HIM WITH A BRICK-BAT
SING SONG KIT-A-CATCH-A-KI-ME-O

Submitter comment: PART OF A SONG I LEARNED AS A LITTLE BOY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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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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TRICKING SPIES

IN WORLD WAR ONE, WHEN SPIES WHO HAD INFILTRATED INTO ENEMY RANKS
WERE CAPTURED. THEY WERE PUT TO THE TEST. WHEN A GERMAN SPY
WHO CLAIMED TO BE FRENCH WAS CAUGHT, HE WAS ASKED TO REPEAT THE
WORD "GRENOUILLE" (FROG), WHICH SHOULD
SOUND SOMEWHAT LIKE GRRUNWEEAH
BUT A GERMAN WOULD ALWAYS SAY GRUNWEEHKH, MAKING A HARSH GUTTURAL
SOUND. SIMILARLY, WHEN A FRENCH SPY WAS CAUGHT BY THE GERMANS, HE
WAS ASKED TO SAY HATHAWAY BUT A FRENCHMAN COULD ONLY SUCCEED IN
SAYING HASSAWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; SAINT MARYS RECTORY

Keyword(s): PRONUNCIATION OF FOREIGN WORDS REVEALS IDENTITY AND NATIONALITY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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RAMM SAM SAM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS

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

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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GRAFFITO

"THE U.S. ARMY CONSISTS OF THE UNEDUCATED LEADING THE UNWILLING
IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE UNNECESSARY."

Where learned: SOUTH VIETNAM ; Vietnam ; ARMY LATRINE ; AHN KHE

James Callow Keyword(s): PARAMOION: REPETITION AT THE BEGINNINGS OF WORDS ; SATIRE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: CA00001969

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

FRIENDSHIPS ARE MANY, BUT FRIENDS ARE FEW.

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; CONTRAST ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V233

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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
Filter - Mature Content

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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JOKE

THERE WAS A MAN WHO HAD A WOODEN EYE. BECAUSE OF HIS WOODEN EYE,
HE WAS NOT TOO CONFIDENT. ONE NIGHT HIS FRIENDS COAXED HIM TO COME
TO A DANCE WITH THEM. OVER IN THE CORNER HE SAW A GIRL SITTING.
HE COULD SEE THAT SHE WAS NOT TOO PRETTY AND SHE HAD A HARELIP.
WELL, HE FIGURED HE WAS NO HOTSHOT HIMSELF WITH HIS WOODEN EYE.
SO HE WENT OVER AND ASKED HER, "WOULD YOU CARE TO DANCE?" --
"WOULD I? WOULD I?" SHE SHOUTED. "HARELIP, HARELIP"
HE SHOUTED BACK.

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CHAPTER 3 IN "WITCRACKS" BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DANCE ; DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; METONYMY ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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