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2 SWEET
2 DRINK
4 ROSES

Data entry tech comment:

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

James Callow comment:

WRITTEN AS AN ADDITION PROBLEM.

4 Roses is a wine/whiskey

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Wordplay, Mathematics, Addition, Slang

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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2 YOUNG
2 DRINK
4 ROSES

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 11.10.13 by TRD

James Callow comment:

WRITTEN AS AN ADDITION PROBLEM

4 Roses is a wine/whiskey

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Wordplay, Pun, Addition, Mathematics

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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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.

Data entry tech comment:

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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Language

Grace Parody:

Our Heavenly Fahter

Holy Ghost

Whoever eats the fastest

Gets the most!

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Eat ; GRACE ; JOKE ; Language ; PARODY ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PRAYER ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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NOT GIVEN

I PHELTA DELTA
I ATA BETA
I PHELTA THIGH

Submitter comment: THESE ARE FICTITIOUS SORORITY NAMES WHICH ALL COLLEGE
BOYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

"I SEE," SAID THE BLIND MAN, AS HE PICKED UP HIS HAMMER
AND SAW.

Submitter comment: THERE IS AN INTERNAL CONTRADICTION HERE. A BLIND MAN CANNOT
SEE. SO THE PERSON WHO UTTERS THIS STATEMENT MEANS THAT HE
DOESN'T SEE OR UNDERSTAND SOMETHING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): IRONY WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 02-13-1972

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

ROAMIN (ROMAN) HANDS AND RUSHIN (RUSSIAN) FINGERS!

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 05-03-1969

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

WATCH OUT FOR FALLING ROCK, HE'S BOLDER THAN YOU THINK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS WHAT YOU SAY WHEN YOU PAST (PASS) THE SIGN ON THE
HIGHWAY THAT SAYS "WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK" OR "FALLEN ROCK
ZONE." FIRST YOU READ THE SIGN OUT LOUD, THEN SAY "WATCH
OUT . . . ." AND THEN LAUGH REAL LOUD. EVERYBODY ELSE
GOES "OHHHHH." GIVEN TO ME BY LYNN FISHER, WHEN SHE WAS
NINE YEARS OLD, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, 1968 SUMMER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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Play on Words

Play on Words:

Paradox: Casey and Kildare...

(Pair of doc's)

Submitter comment:

Val Zelnick. Heard long ago in grade-school. It is a way of remembering the word and its meaning, besides being a play on words.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S300] crossed out. Nothing is written to replace it.

Submission card located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Doctors ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; PARADOX ; SATIRE OF DOCTORS ; Wit ; WORDPLAY

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

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Fun

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Fun, Fun, Fun.

Fun, Fun, Fun.

Fun, Fun, Fun

Worry, Worry, Worry

(The absence of period after final "fun" is the crux of the joke.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN [S682] submitted by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [W200] crossed out. V300? written at bottom of card.

Submission card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): ALLUSION TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ; JOKE ; PREGNANCY ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
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Parody on a Proper Name

Sister Edith Kathleen was discussing current novels one day in our English class when she asked "Have you heard the latest book, 'Catch Her in the Raw? (A parody on the book Cathcher in the Rye)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S580] crossed out. Nothing written in place.

Submission card located in pile labeled To Be Classified.

Where learned: CLASS

Keyword(s): BOOK TITLE ; Classroom ; CLASSROOM HUMOR ; EDUCATION ; LITERATURE ; PARODY ; PUN ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing
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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Rhyme / Pun:

Who greased the grapevine/

-Tarzan

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Grapevine ; Grease ; poem ; PUN ; Signature ; Tarzan ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Verse:

Yours till powder puffs

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Powder ; Puff ; PUN ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Verse:

Yours till the moon turns to cheese and the rats refuse to eat it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Cheese ; Devotion ; MOON ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Rats ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Verse:

Yours till the windows have pains.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; Pains ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; VERSE ; Windows ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

Yours till the kitchen sinks.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; Kitchen ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; Sink ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

I'm yours till hotdogs have pups and corn have ears.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; CORN ; Dogs ; EARS ; Hot Dogs ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Puppies ; Pups ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

Yours till hairpins get seasick from riding permanent waves.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; HAIR ; Perm ; Permanent ; Pin ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; Wave ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Verse:

Yours till tennis courts.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Court ; Courts ; Devotion ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; Tennis ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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