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SPARKLE, STARKLE, LITTLE TWINK,
WHO THE TELL YOU ARE I HINK.
I'M NOT IMBRICATED,
I'M NOT AS DRUNK AS SOME TINKLE PEEP I AM.
I'VE ONLY HAD TEA MARTOONIES,
ANYWAY I'VE ALL DAY SOBER TO SUNDAY UP IN.
I FOOL SO FEELISH, I DON'T KNOW WHO IS ME YET,
BUT THE DRUNKER I STAND HERE,
THE LONGER I GET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS MONOLOGUE HUMOR ; EUPHEMISM PARODY DRINKING ; NONSENSE WORDS METER TROCHEE ; TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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SINGING, DANCING AND CLAPPING GAME.

EENIE-MEENIE GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE? AHCHEE-KAHCHEE,
LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO. I SAW YOU WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND LAST
NIGHT. HOW DO YOU KNOW? I PEEKED THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, NOSY! WASH
THOSE DISHES, LAZY! JUMP OUT THE WINDOW, CRAZY! GIVE ME SOME CANDY
STINGEY! SO EENIE-MEENIE, GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE?
AHCHEE-KAHCHEE, LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO::

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; TELEVISION PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

AKA BAKA SODA CRACKER;
AKA BAKA BOO.
AKA BAKA SODA CRACKER,
OUT GOES YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS

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

Date learned: CA00001961

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A: NEWSPAPER.

Data entry tech comment: 7 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM (PLAY ON WORDS) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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LEBANESE PROVERB

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

CONSTIPATION OF THOUGHT, DIARRHEA OF WORDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL ; WORDS

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFECATION ; ELLIPSIS ; IDLE CHATTER ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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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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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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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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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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ELIMINATING GAME

EENIE MEENIE, TWIPSEY TWEENEY
APPLE JACK AND JONNIE SWEENEY
EYCHIE, PYCHIE, DAMAN EYCHIE
OUT GOES YOU

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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RAH, RAH, REE,
KICK HIM IN THE KNEE;
RAH, RAH, RASS,
KICK HIM IN THE...

Submitter comment: WHEN ASKED BY THE INSTRUCTOR IF THIS ITEM WAS A CHEER, THE COLLECTOR
SAID IT WAS.

Data entry tech comment: I LEARNED A VARIANT OF THIS CHEER AT ST. ELIZABETH'S GRADE SCHOOL IN
DETROIT IN THE LATE 1960'S:
RAH RAH REE
KICK 'EM IN THE KNEE;
RAH RAH RASS
KICK 'EM IN THE...OTHER KNEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ELLIPSIS ; HUMOR ; NONSENSE WORDS ; REPETITION ; SPORTS ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival Custom Festival

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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COUNTING-OUT RHYME

ACKA BACKA,
SOWED THE CROCKA,
ACKA BACKA BOO.
IN COMES UNCLE SAM,
AND OUT GOES Y*O*U}}

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS FROM PENNSYLVANIA

Data entry tech comment: IN THE LATE 1960'S
I LEARNED A VARIANT OF THIS COUNTING-OUT RHYME AS A CHILD IN DETROIT
ACKA BACKA SODA CRACKA
ACKA BACKA BOO
IF YOUR FATHER CHEWS TOBACKA
OUT GOES YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; REPETITION ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): SODA CRACKER

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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TULIPS IN THE GARDEN
TULIPS IN THE PARK,
BUT THE TULIPS THAT _____ LIKES
ARE THE TULIPS IN THE DARK.

Data entry tech comment: ANY NAME COULD BE SUBSTITUTED WHERE THE BLANK IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; PLAY ON WORDS ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

TULIPS IN THE GARDEN
TULIPS IN THE PARK
BUT THE TWO LIPS I LIKE BEST
ARE YOUR TWO LIPS IN THE DARK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ABCB ; FLOWERS ; PLAY ON WORDS ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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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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PROVERB

THE TRIDS OF TRIDVILLE WERE CONSTANTLY BEING PLAGUED
BY A MEAN OGRE WHO KICKED THEM VICIOUSLY. ONE DAY,
A RABBI CAME TO THE OGRE AND SAID, "OGRE, PLEASE DON'T
KICK THE TRIDS ANYMORE, KICK ME." THE OGRE REPLIED,
"SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY OF TELEVISION COMMERCIAL FOR KIX CEREAL ADVERTISE- MENT, WHICH ENDED WITH THE WORDS "SILLY RABBIT, KIX ARE FOR KIDS."

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE. THESE ARE THE NAMES OF THE
FIRST FIVE NOTES ON THE LINES OF A MUSICAL SCALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): {THAT IS THE INITIAL LETTER OF THESE WORDS}.

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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Signatures:

Don't let your meat loaf

Data entry tech comment:

entered by TRD

Where learned: Rhode Island ; PROVIDENCE

Keyword(s): loaf ; meat ; meatloaf ; PLAY ON WORDS ; Signature

Subject headings: Z210

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