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We were stationed with the Army in El Paso, Texas. The time we
spent there was very enjoyable. I will always remember the
celebration of Christmas. The most beautiful view was the many
walkways lined with luminarias. A luminaria is a paper bag with
sand on the bottom and a lit candle in the bag. The meaning of the
glowing pathways was to guide the three Kings to Jesus.

Where learned: TEXAS ; EL PASO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 12-00-1986

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MORBID: A COMMON PHRASE USED BY AN AUCTIONEER.

Where learned: TEXAS ; WACO

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; HUMOR ; PUN ON MORE BID.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-29-1970

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KNOB: A THING TO ADORE.

Where learned: TEXAS ; WACO

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; HUMOR ; PUN FOR A DOOR.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-29-1970

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DEBATE: IT LURES DE FISH.

Where learned: TEXAS ; WACO

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; HUMOR ; PUN FOR THE BAIT.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-29-1970

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COINCIDE: WHAT YOU DO WHEN IT STARTS RAINING.

Where learned: TEXAS ; WACO

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; HUMOR ; PUN FOR GO INSIDE.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-29-1970

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MODEST: ONE WHO WEARS THE LATEST FASHIONS.

Where learned: TEXAS ; WACO

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; HUMOR ; PUN ON "MOD"--FOR THE LATEST, THE MOST MODERN.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-29-1970

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LEADER: YOUR MOTHER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: YOUR FATHER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: YOUR SISTER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: YOUR BROTHER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: JODY WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: THAT'S THE REASON YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.

Submitter comment: NATURALLY, THE WORDS "LEFT" AND "RIGHT" FALL IN TIME WITH
THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MARCHING TROOPS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

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

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING BACK.
TROOPS: AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING BACK.
LEADER: JODY'S GOT YOUR CADILLAC.
TROOPS: JODY'S GOT YOUR CADILLAC.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: AIN'T NO USE IN CALLING HOME.
TROOPS: AIN'T NO USE IN CALLING HOME.
LEADER: JODY'S ON YOUR TELEPHONE
TROOPS: JODY'S ON YOUR TELEPHONE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: AIN'T NO USE IN GOING HOME.
TROOPS: AIN'T NO USE IN GOING HOME.
LEADER: JODY'S GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE.
TROOPS: JODY'S GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

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LEADER: USED TO BE A HIGH SCHOOL STUD.
TROOPS: USED TO BE A HIGH SCHOOL STUD.
LEADER: NOW I'M CRAWLING THROUGH THE MUD.
TROOPS: NOW I'M CRAWLING THROUGH THE MUD.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

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LEADER: USED TO DRIVE A CHEVROLET.
TROOPS: USED TO DRIVE A CHEVROLET.
LEADER: NOW I'M MARCHING ALL THE WAY.
TROOPS: NOW I'M MARCHING ALL THE WAY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: USED TO DRIVE A CADILLAC.
TROOPS: USED TO DRIVE A CADILLAC.
LEADER: NOW I PACK IT ON MY BACK.
TROOPS: NOW I PACK IT ON MY BACK.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): TALL TALK

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

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: I USED TO DATE A HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN.
TROOPS: I USED TO DATE A HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN.
LEADER: NOW I HUMP AN M-16.
TROOPS: NOW I HUMP AN M-16.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: I USED TO WEAR MY FADED JEANS.
TROOPS: I USED TO WEAR MY FADED JEANS.
LEADER: NOW I'M WEARING ARMY GREENS.
TROOPS: NOW I'M WEARING ARMY GREENS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: THERE AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING DOWN.
TROOPS: THERE AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING DOWN.
LEADER: THERE AIN'T NO DISCHARGE ON THE GROUND.
TROOPS: THERE AIN'T NO DISCHARGE ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

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

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN CRAVES A FOOD, FOR EXAMPLE STRAWBERRIES,
AND DOESN'T GET IT, THE BABY WILL HAVE THE BIRTHMARK OF
WHAT WAS CRAVED.

Where learned: TEXAS ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

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THE SAP FROM AN ALVIRA PLANT IS THE BEST FOR INSTANT
RELIEF OF STINGS, CUTS, AND MINOR BURNS.

Where learned: TEXAS ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Plant

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IF WHEN HIKING IN WOODY OR GRASSY AREAS YOU PUT SULFUR
AROUND YOUR ANKLES, THE CHIGGERS (REDBUGS) WON'T BITE.

Where learned: TEXAS ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 06-11-1971

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REDBUGS AND MOSQUITOES WON'T BITE IF YOU CHEW TOBACCO .

Where learned: TEXAS ; HOUSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): REDBUGS = CHIGGERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 06-11-1971

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