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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
GRETTA
GRETTA WHO?
GRETTA LONG LITTLE DOGGIE-GRETTA LONG

Submitter comment: GEORGETOWN U. FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): COWBOY SONG ; NAME ; TITLE OR LINE FROM SONG: GET ALONG LITTLE DOGGIES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
HOFFMAN
HOFFMAN WHO?
I'LL HOFFMAN I'LL PUFF AND I'LL BLOW YER HOUSE IN

Submitter comment: GEORGETOWN U. FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): NAME ; THREE LITTLE PIGS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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IF A BIRD TAKES YOUR HAIR AND MAKES A NEXT YOU WILL BECOME BALD.

Where learned: GEORGETOWN ; SOUTH CAROLINA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S HELL TO BE POOR.

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY ; friends

Subject headings: {NOT

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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THEY PUT A STATUE OF ST. MARY INSIDE THE FOYER IN THE
INFIRMARY BECAUSE THERE HAD BEEN A SERIES OF DEATHS
AT GEORGETOWN. THAT'S WHY THEY PUT THE STATUE THERE,
WITH AN ETERNAL LIGHT ON IT. FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
THERE WERE NO STUDENT DEATHS AT GEORGETOWN. THEN
ONE NIGHT SOME BOYS WERE FOOLING IN THE DORM, A
BOTTLE GOT THROWN OUT THE WINDOW. IT HIT THE LIGHT
AND THE LIGHT WAS EXTINGUISHED. THE SAME NIGHT A
STUDENT DIED IN THE INFIRMARY.

Submitter comment: MR. BALDWIN LEARNED OF THIS DURING HIS UNDERGRADUATE
YEARS AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. IT WAS TOLD TO HIM
BY A FR. MC DONOUGH IN 1928.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GEORGETOWN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.13

Date learned: 12-08-1963 ; 00-00-1928

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SHAKING SAND

ONCE THERE WAS A HAUNTED HOUSE THAT NO ONE WAS ABLE TO STAY IN
OVERNIGHT. THE FOLK WHO OWNED THE HOUSE SAID THAT IF ANYONE WAS
ABLE TO REMAIN THERE FOR A WHOLE NIGHT (HE) COULD HAVE THE HOUSE.
A MAN, WITHOUT A HOME, DECIDED HE WOULD GIVE IT A TRY. THE
NIGHT HE CHOSE TO STAY IN THE HOUSE WAS UNUSUALLY DARK AND DREARY
LOOKING. WHILE IN THE KITCHEN PREPARING SUPPER, THE MAN HEARD A
VOICE SAYING, "I'M COMING CROSS THE FIELD SHAKING SAND. I'M COMING
IN THE FRONT YARD SHAKING SAND. I'M COMING UP THE STEPS SHAKING
SAND. I'M COMING ON THE FRONT PORCH SHAKING SAND. I'M COMING IN
THE FRONT ROOM SHAKING SAND. I'M COMING IN THE DINING ROOM
SHAKING SAND. I'M COMING IN THE KITCHEN SHAKING SAND." THE MAN
SAID, "I'M GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR SHAKING SAND."

James Callow comment: FINAL QUOTATION MARK ADDED.

Where learned: GEORGETOWN ; SOUTH CAROLINA, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN ; FEAR TEST

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

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IF A FEMALE LETS A PREGNANT WOMAN FIX HER HAIR, SHE WILL
BECOME BALD HEADED.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): HAIRDRESSING.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF-PROVERB

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE ; GEORGE PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-24-1969

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Play on Words

Did you hear about the nearsighted optician who fell into a lens-grinding machine and made a spectacle of himself?

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Numbers [W400, B667] crossed out and B660 Substituted.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Anecdote ; HUMOR ; IRONY ; Jest ; Optician ; PUN ; Silly

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

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Did you hear about the butcher who backed into a meat cutting machine and got a little behind in his work?

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Numbers [W400, B667] are crossed out and B660 is substituted.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Butcher, Meat, Machine ; EUPHEMISM ; Jest, Anecdote, Pun, Joke, Irony ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

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Proverb

Order is Heaven's first law.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): HEAVEN ; Law ; ORDER ; RELIGION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

There's no fool like an old fool.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): AGE ; Fool ; Old ; Senility ; Wise ; YOUTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; Ear ; Pig ; Purse ; Silk ; Sow ; UGLINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

I've changed my mind.

Retort: "Good. Does it work better now?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Retort?

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; Mind ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

I'm having trouble with my breathing.

Retort: I can give you something to stop that.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Breathing ; COMEBACK ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

I feel like a tailor.

How's that?

sew-sew.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Fabric ; HUMOR ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; SEWING ; Tailor ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

It's always darkest before the dawn.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Dark ; Darkest ; Dawn ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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IF A PERSON BITES YOU, RUB SOME CHICKEN DO-DO ON THE SPOT
AND HIS TEETH WILL ROTTEN. (ROT)

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Keyword(s): FECAL FECES

James Callow Keyword(s): DUNG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN A CATCRIES AT THE WINDOW OF A HOUSE, SOMEONE IN THAT
HOUSE IT (IS?) PREGNANT.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A WOMAN HAS WIDE HIPS, SHE WILL HAVE A LOT OF CHILDREN.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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