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FREEZE TAG

SOMEONE IS CALLED IT. EVERYONE HE TAGS IS FROZE(N) TO
THE SPOT AND CAN'T MOVE UNLESS SOMEONE WHO HASN'T BEEN
CAUGHT YET TAGS THEM. THEN THEY ARE FREE TIL THEY
GET CAUGHT AGAIN. GAME GOES ON TIL IT TAGS EVERYONE
OR ELSE GIVES UP. THEN A NEW PERSON IS CALLED TO BE
IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; ON WAY TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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GOING STEADY

WHEN A GUY AND A GIRL ARE GOING STEADY, EACH HAS A HALF OF A
GOLD HEART--THE TWO HALVES FIT TOGETHER PERFECTLY.

Where learned: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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My hat it has three corners, Three corners has my hat, And if it had not three corners, It would not be my hat, In Auterbauch village, I lost my true heart, Without it I dare not go home, I've looked all around, I don't know where to start, I guess I'll just start at my home.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 09-00-1974

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS CUSTOMARY IN POLISH FAMILIES ON
CHRISTMAS TO OBTAIN A CHRISTMAS WAFER - OPLATKI (OPWATKEY)
AND AT THE DINNER TABLE IT HAS A PIECE BROKEN OFF BY
EACH PERSON AT THE TABLE. IT IS THEN EATEN AS A WISH FOR
A HOLY AND HAPPY HOLIDAY. IT SYMBOLIZES THE COMMUNION
WAFER IN THE CHURCH AS CHRIST'S BODY.

Where learned: TOLD AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 11-21-1969

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CUT-THE-CHEESE

TWO PEOPLE START SWINGING A JUMP-ROPE. THE OBJECT
IS TO BE ABLE TO RUN THROUGH THE ROPE WITHOUT
TOUCHING IT. COUNT THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU CAN
DO IT. ONE WHO DOES IT THE MOST TIMES WITHOUT
TOUCHING THE ROPE WINS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; ON WAY TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-22-1967

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Balloons, balloons,
Who will buy my pretty balloons,
Red and blue,
All for you,
Who will buy my pretty balloons?
Balloons, balloons,
Who will buy my pretty balloons?
Orange and green, tangerine,
Come and buy my pretty balloons.

Where learned: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Yellow Thursday

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

It was said that if you wore yellow on any Thursday, you were
a fag. We would watch throughout the day to find, even the smallest
thread of yellow in someone's clothing, and point it out to others
by yelling, "Yellow on Thursday, so and so is a FAG!

Submitter comment:

I remember some kids going home at lunch and changing clothes
to eliminate the yellow and the teasing.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): Fag = homosexual

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001960S

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CHILDREN'S SONG

OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, BILLY BOY, BILLY BOY
OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, CHARMING BILLY
I HAVE BEEN TO SEEK A WIFE
SHE'S THE JOY OF MY LIFE
BUT SHE'S A YOUNG THING, AND CANNOT
LEAVE HER MA.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ALL I CAN RECALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; SAINT MARK ; SAINT MARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keyword(s): PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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Play on Words

Play on Words:

Paradox: Casey and Kildare...

(Pair of doc's)

Submitter comment:

Val Zelnick. Heard long ago in grade-school. It is a way of remembering the word and its meaning, besides being a play on words.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S300] crossed out. Nothing is written to replace it.

Submission card located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Doctors ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; PARADOX ; SATIRE OF DOCTORS ; Wit ; WORDPLAY

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

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IF YOU LOOK INTO A MIRROR AND TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AND SAY
BLOODY MARY 3 TIMES OVER AND THEN TURN THE LIGHTS BACK ON,
YOU WOULD BE BLEEDING FROM SOMEWHERE ON YOUR FACE.

Submitter comment: THIS ACT WAS USED AS A DARE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WINSHIP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
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BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001970S

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Jump Rope Verse

Down in the valley where the green grass grows
There sits _______ sweet as a rose
Along came _______ and kissed her on the cheek
How many kisses did she get
One,
Two,
Three,
etc.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; McCann Elementary School ; first grade girls

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

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Jump Rope Verse

Cinderella, dressed in yella
Went to town to see her fella
How many petticoats did she wear?
One
Two
Three
Four
etc.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; McCann Elementary School ; first grade girls

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

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