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O ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, THY SHINING FACE
THAT SPEAKS THY MIGHTY POWER
IN MY POCKET, FIND A RESTING PLACE,
FOR I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR.
AMEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN ; INDIRECTION SATIRE MONEY ; METER: IAMBIC, ANAPESTIC ; MOCK-PIOUS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, ABAB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A SOFT ANSWER TURNETH AWAY WRATH, BUT GRIEVIOUS
WORDS STIR UP ANGER.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; MACKENZIE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET SAT ON A TUFFET,
EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY.
ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER,
AND SHE BEAT IT TO DEATH WITH HER SPOON.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A FRIEND IN CLASS.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

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IF YOUR EARS ARE RINGING, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS
TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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IF YOUR EAR ITCHES, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU OR
MENTIONING YOUR NAME IN CONVERSATION.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching ear

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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IF YOU ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE AND YOU CALL THEM
ANOTHER NAME--JANE FOR INSTANCE--(BY MISTAKE) THEN THAT
PERSON (JANE) IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- P580

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

AN ABLE ORGANIZER SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE
ABLE THAN HE IS.

Where learned: SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH.

James Callow comment: AGE OF HORSES IS DETERMINED BY CONDITION OF TEETH

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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LOVE CHARM

IF A PAIR OF LOVERS PLUCK A LAUREL TWIG AND BREAK IT IN HALF, EACH
KEEPING A PIECE THEY WILL REMAIN LOVERS. ON ST. VALENTINE ( ' ) S
DAY, PLACE TWO LEAVES ON YOUR PILLOW AND YOU WILL DREAM OF LOVE.
I REMEMBER SOME OF THE GIRLS TALKING LIKE THIS AT SCHOOL ONE DAY.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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TALKATIVE

HE HAS THE GIFT OF GAB.

Submitter comment: BOB TOLD ME THIS ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE AT SCHOOL AND WE WERE LISTENING
TO THIS BOY TALK QUITE A BIT.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): SLANG ; SPEECH METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: NUMBERS (CLASSIFIERS TITLE)

THIRTEEN IS AN UNLUCKY NUMBER. THERE IS NEVER A 13TH FLOOR
IN A HOTEL OR A ROOM NUMBER 13.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.5

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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KNOCK- KNOCK STREET

THERE IS A STORY THAT ONE DAY ON A STREET IN DETROIT, A LITTLE GIRL
WAS HIT BY A SPEEDING DRIVER. THE LITTLE GIRL DID NOT DIE IMMEDIATELY
BUT WAS HANGING ON THE BUMPER, KNOCKING ON THE SIDE OF THE CAR TRYING
TO GET THE DRIVER'S ATTENTION. NOW, THE LEGEND GOES, WHENEVER A
PERSON DRIVES DOWN THE STREET, IT IS SAID ONE CAN HEAR THE LITTLE
GIRL KNOCKING ON THE SIDE OF THE CAR WARNING PEOPLE TO SLOW DOWN.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): AUTO ACCIDENT ; KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-00-1967

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CUSTOM DEATH

PUSHING UP DAISIES
SOMETIMES YOU REFER TO DYING AS PUSHING UP DAISIES.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CAMPUS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; PLANT ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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SUPERSTITION

A ROOSTER CROWING AT MIDNIGHT IS THE SIGN OF DEATH OF A RELATIVE.

Submitter comment: MANY ROOSTERS HAVE THEIR HEADS CUT OFF IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Your mama is so black, when she goes to night school the
teacher marks her absent!
Who won the race down the tunnel, the black or the pollack?
The pole because the black had to stop and write "Mutha Fucker"
on the wall!

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): African American ; Bigot ; Black ; JOKE ; Momma ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 01-00-1991

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JOHN: I HEARD SOMETHING THAT OPENED MY EYES THIS
MORNING.
JANE: WHAT'S THAT?
JOHN: THE ALARM CLOCK.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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A MAN HAD TWO HORSES AND COULDN'T TELL THEM APART,
SO HE ASKED A FRIEND WHAT TO DO. THE FRIEND SAID
TO CUT OFF THE TAIL OF ONE OF THEM. HE DID, BUT
IT GREW BACK. SO HE CUT OFF THE MANE OF THE OTHER
ONE, BUT IT GREW BACK. SO HE ASKED THE FRIEND
AGAIN, AND THE FRIEND SAID, "WHY NOT MEASURE THEM."
HE DID AND HE FOUND OUT THAT THE BROWN HORSE WAS
TWO INCHES TALLER THAN THE WHITE ONE.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PINK-POLKA DOT PING PONG TABLE

THE BOY REACHED HIS 6TH BIRTHDAY AND HIS FATHER WAS SO
HAPPY THAT HE WOULD NOW BE OLD ENOUGH TO GO TO SCHOOL,
THAT AT THE PARTY HE SAID, "SON, THIS IS A BIG YEAR
FOR YOU. YOU WILL BE GOING TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR AND I
WANT YOU TO DO WELL. AS AN INCENTIVE TO DO WELL IN
SCHOOL, I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT FOR
YOUR BIRTHDAY. YOU NAME IT, IT'S YOURS." "DAD,
I'D LIKE A PINK POLKA DOT PING PONG TABLE FOR MY
BIRTHDAY." THE FATHER IS ASTOUNDED AND ASKS WHY,
THE SON REFUSES TO TELL AND SAYS HE WILL HAVE NO OTHER
GIFT. THE FATHER GIVES HIM NOTHING. THIS OCCURS AT
EVERY BIG OCCASION IN THE SON'S LIFE, AND IT'S ALWAYS
THE SAME; THE FATHER SAYS HE WILL GIVE IT TO HIM IF THE
BOY WILL ONLY TELL HIM WHY HE WANTS IT, BUT THE SON
ALWAYS REFUSES TO TELL. FINALLY, ON THE SON'S
DEATH-BED HE SAYS, "DAD, THE REASON I'VE ALWAYS
WANTED A PINK POLKA DOT PING PONG TABLE IS BECAUSE
--UGH--." AND HE DIED.

Submitter comment: BILL DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE HE FIRST HEARD IT.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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BREAKING THE PINATA IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF EVERY
MEXICAN CHILD'S PARTY. A PINATA IS A CLAY COVERED
JAR COVERED WITH COLORFUL CREPE PAPER, IN THE SHAPE
OF SOME ANIMAL, BIRD, FLOWER, OR ANYTHING ATTRACTIVE.
THE PINATA IS FILLED WITH CANDY, POPCORN, MONEY, ETC.
THE PINATA IS SUSPENDED FROM THE CEILING AND LOWERED TO
THE PLAYERS' REACH. THE PLAYER CHOSEN TO BREAK THE
PINATA IS BLINDFOLDED. HE RECEIVES TWO CHANCES, BUT
JUST AS HE IS READY TO STRIKE THE PINATA, IT IS PULLED
UP AND OUT OF HIS REACH. EACH PLAYER IN TURN GETS
TWO STRIKES AT THE PINATA, BUT USUALLY THE HOST
OR HOSTESS BREAKS IT. WHEN IT BREAKS, EACH PLAYER
SCRAMBLES TO GET ALL THAT HE CAN.

Data entry tech comment: PRONOUNCED "PINYATA"

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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