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Jump Rope Rhyme

I'm enrolled in College Hill School,
S-C-H-O-O-L spells school for me,
Question mark, period, comma, out.

On out, the jump-roper jumps out and starts the grades by running in, jumping once, and running out (for first grade) on up to junior high. When reaching junior high and high school (in the game), the rhyme is repeated substituting the names of the junior high and high schools. However, for grades nine through twelve, the jumper has to run in backwards (the motion of the rope is reversed by the turners).

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant probably first learned this in Houston, Texas.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON

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

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Rope-Jumping Rhyme

Cinderella -- dressed in yellow,
Went upstairs to kiss her fellow,
Kissed a snake -- By mistake,
How many doctors did it take?
One . . . two . . . three . . . four . . . five . . .

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant probably first learned this in Houston, Texas.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C750-

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At Austin College in Sherman, Texas, when someone is accepted into medical school they are thrown (fully-clothed) into one of the fountains on campus.

 

Submitter comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant probably first learned this in Sherman, Texas.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON ; Austin College

James Callow Keyword(s): Initiation

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

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When I was in junior high, there was a "belief" that was followed religiously and carelessness elicited much ridicule: one did not wear green on Thursday because that meant he/she was queer. Red clothing on Friday signified that a girl was pregnant.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant probably first learned this in Houston, Texas.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- P5

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If your ear itches, someone is talking about you.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

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