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Song

As children growing up down south, we were forbidden to say any
kind of curse word. So what my cousins and I would do is sing a
song. I can not remember the name of it, but it went like this:
Ikey and Mikey were playing in the ditch. Ikey called Mikey, "You
dirty son of a....
Bring down your children and let them play with sticks. And when
they grow older they'll learn to play with...
Dickey had a party, vited his China Chin. He put it in his tea pot
to teach it how to swim. He swam to the top. Along came a spider
and bit him on his...
Cocktail and gingerale, five center cup. If you don't like it,
I'll shove it up your....
Ask me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies.
A man got hit with a bag full of grits right between the eyes.

Submitter comment: This was just a child's way of saying bad words without having
to say the actually words. It was a lot of fun back then, but now
I realize how silly it all was.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Macon County

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

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Nature

I never like to have any windows or blinds opened during any
kind of thunderstorm, because I am always afraid that lightening is
going to strike.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Macon County

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

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IT YOU CUT OUT A DRESS ON FRIDAY AND DON'T FINISH IT THAT
SAME DAY, YOU WON'T LIVE TO FINISH IT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MACON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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DOG DAYS

IF YOU CUT YOURSELF DURING "DOG DAYS," THE CUT WON'T HEAL UNTIL "DOG DAYS" ARE OVER.

Submitter comment:

"DOG DAYS" ARE THIRTY DAYS IN JULY AND AUGUST WHEN IT RAINS EVERY DAY. THIS PERIOD GETS ITS NAME BECAUSE DOGS ARE MORE APT TO GO MAD THEN.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MACON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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