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FRIENDS

A FALSE FRIEND AND A SHADOW ONLY STAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-23-1969

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TALE OF KISSING ELBOW

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBOW, YOU'LL TURN INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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TALE OF KISSING ELBO.

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBO,
YOU WILL TURN INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ELBOW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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CHING, CHANG CHINAMAN, SITTING ON A FENCE/ TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR
OUT OF FIFTEEN CENTS.
HE MISSED, HE MISSED, HE MISSED LIKE THIS, 1, 2,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

LITTLE MISS MACK
DRESSED IN BLACK...

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAID AS A CHILD SHE USED TO RECITE THIS
RHYME FREQUENTLY, HOWEVER SHE WAS UNABLE TO REMEMBER THE END OF IT NOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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TONGUE TWISTERS

RUBBER BABY BUGGY BUMPERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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WINKING OF THE EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; PARTY ; DORM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation Appreciation of female beauty

Date learned: 02-15-1971

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BLACK, WHITE, AND READ RIDDLE

WHAT'S BLACK AND WHITE AND READ ALL OVER? A NEWSPAPER.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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MOCKING VERSE

}}}}}} AND }}}}}} / SITTING IN A TREE. / K-I-S-S-I-N-G. / FIRST COMES
LOVE, / THEN COMES MARRIAGE, / THEN COMES }}}}}} / PUSHING A BABY
CARRIAGE..

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

WHEN THEY SAID NOSES, I THOUGHT THEY SAID ROSES AND I TOLD THEM ONE
BIG ONE. WHEN THEY SAID LEGS, I THOUGHT THEY SAID KEGS AND I TOOK TWO
BIG ONES. WHEN THEY SAID BRAINS, I THOUGHT THEY SAID TRAINS, SO I
MISSED IT.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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RIDDLE

"WHY IS SLIPPING ON A BANANA PEEL LIKE MUSIC?"
"BECAUSE YOU'LL BE FLAT IF YOU DON'T SEE SHARP}"

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): BANANAPEEL ; FRUIT: BANANAS ; MUSIC: INTERVALS ; RIDDLING QUESTION

James Callow Keyword(s): LOOK SHARP ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POPROUINI

POPROUINI IS A TYPE OF FOOD THAT THE POLACKS HAVE THE DAY
AFTER THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT POPROUINI CONSISTED OF, HOWEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): POLISH ; POPROVINI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SPECIAL FOOD OF PREGNANT WOMEN

PICKLES AND ICE CREAM ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE SIGN OF A PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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BELIEF

THIS EXPRESSION IS USED BY MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER:
I'M GLAD I ATE WHEN I DID, 'CAUSE I'M NOT HUNGRY
NOW.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USUALLY SAID AFTER A HUGE MEAL HAS BEEN

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-03-1969

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BEDTIME VERSE

SLEEP TIGHT AND DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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FRIENDSHIP PROVERB

THERE E BIG SHIPS AND THERE ARE LITTLE SHIPS, BUT THE BEST SHIPS AR
ARE FRIENDSHIPS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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GRAFFITI

FLUSH TWICE, IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE MESS HALL.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR ; WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF QUALITY OF FOOD IN THE INSTITUTION

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

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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CARROT BELIEF

EAT LOTS OF CARROTS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOUR EYES. HAVE YOU
EVER SEEN A RABBIT WEARING GLASSES?

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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CHOOSING VERSE

EENIE, MEENIE, /MINIE, MOE, / CATCH A NIGGER BY THE TOE, / IF HE
HOLLERS LET HIM GO. / EENIE, MEENIE, MINIE, MOE, / MY MOTHER TOLD ME
TO PICK THE VERY BEST ONE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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Proverb

NO SENSE CRYING OVER SPILT MILK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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