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GAME VERSE

DEEL LE NE A BITE EL HAGE (SIR NAME)
BOD DU BA EDU BOD DU BA ED
TAKE ME TO THE HOUSE OF THE (FAMILY SIR NAME)
STILL FARTHER ON, STILL FARTHER ON.

Submitter comment: THIS LEBANESE GAME VERSE IS USED BY PARENTS AT THE BED TIME
HOUR. ONE PERSON RECITES THE FIRST LINE, THE OTHERS
RESPOND BY SAYING THE SECOND LINE.
TRANSLATED IT MEANS:

Where learned: PHONE

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

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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BUTTER IS BUTTER, CHEESE IS CHEESE,
WHAT IS A KISS, WITHOUT A SQUEEZE.

Submitter comment: TAKEN FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: PHONE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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A FUZZY COMPLIMENT

PEACHES GROW IN CALIFORNIA,
AND IN FLORIDA TOO.
BUT IT TAKES A STATE LIKE (BLANK)
TO GROW A PEACH LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment: GEORGIA CAN BE AN INTERCHANGEABLE STATE.

Where learned: PHONE CALL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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NEVER KISS BY THE GARDEN GATE,
LOVE IS BLIND BUT THE NEIGHBOR AIN'T.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

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IF YOU HEAR DOGS HOWLING IN THE NIGHT, IT IS A
PREMONITION THAT YOU WILL HAVE A STREAK OF BAD
LUCK FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME.

Where learned: ON THE PHONE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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IN THE PHILIPPINES, IF A MAN STUMBLES ON HIS WAY TO
A COCK FIGHT, IT IS A BAD OMEN. HE MAY JUST AS
WELL TURN BACK AND GO HOME, FOR HE WILL SURELY LOSE
THE COCK FIGHT.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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IF A TEASPOON FALLS TO THE FLOOR, A YOUNG GIRL IS COMING;
IF IT'S A SOUP SPOON, IT'LL BE AN OLD WOMAN; IF IT'S A
KNIFE, IT'LL BE A MAN.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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IF A MAN DROPS A FORK, IT MEANS THAT A GIRLFRIEND
REMEMBERS HIM.
IF A GIRL DROPS A SPOON IT MEANS THAT A BOY IS
REMEMBERING HER AND MAY COME OVER. IT IS GOOD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: TELEPHONE CONVERSATION

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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THERE IS A BELIEF THAT IF A MAN BITES HIS TONGUE, A
BOYFRIEND OF HIS IS THINKING ABOUT HIM. IF HE
BITES HIS LIPS, A GIRLFRIEND OF HIS IS REMEMBERING
HIM.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: TELEPHONE CONVERSATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Biting lip, tongue, accidentally

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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SORE THROAT CURE

TAKE HOT COALS FROM A FIRE, WRAP THEM IN A CLOTH AND
THEN PUT THE CLOTH AROUND THE SORE THRAOT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER, A SICILIAN IMMIGRANT.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

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RAIN BUBBLES

IF THE RAIN FALLS INTO PUDDLES, MAKING BUBBLES, THAT MEANS IT'S
GOING TO RAIN FOR THREE MORE DAYS.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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WART CURE

TO CURE A WART, RUB A RAW POTATO OVER IT AFTER YOU'VE CUT THE
POTATO OPEN. THEN THROW THE POTATO IN A FIELD. THE WART WILL
DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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PROVERB

DON'T POKE YOUR NOSE INTO ANOTHER PERSON'S BUSINESS.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CURIOSITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

THE CAMEL NEVER SEES HIS OWN HUMP. (TRANSLATION)
EL JAMEL MA SHOOFS HURR DUPTOO. (LEBANESE)

Where learned: PHONE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): FAULTS CRITICISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE EVEN THOUGH ONE'S A SHEEPSHEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID IT WAS A POPULAR EXPRESSION IN PA. DURING HER
EARLY YEARS.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE EVEN THOUGH ONE'S A SHEEPSHEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID IT WAS A POPULAR EXPRESSION IN PA. DURING HER
EARLY YEARS.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW? DO THEY WOBBLE TO AND FRO?
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A KNOT? CAN YOU TIE THEM
IN A BOW? CAN YOU THROW THEM OVER YOUR
SHOULDER LIKE A CONTINENTAL SOLDIER?
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): EARS ; HYPERBOLE ; STRUCTURE: QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHY CAN'T AN ELEPHANT RIDE A TRICYCLE?
HE DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE FINGER TO RING THE BELL

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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ELEPHANT JOKE

HOW DO ELEPHANTS GET ACROSS A POND?
THEY STEP ON THE LILY PADS.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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CURE FOR JAUNDICE

GO TO A HINDU PRIEST
WHO WILL PERFORM A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY.
HE DANCES AROUND THE PATIENT,
TAKES THEIR HAND, AND WASHES IT
IN LIMEWATER TO CLEANSE IT.
THE DISEASE SHOULD THEN QUICKLY DISAPPEAR

Where learned: ON THE PHONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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