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UNTIL I WAS TEN YEARS OLD, THERE WERE ONLY THREE
CHILDREN IN OUR FAMILY. I REMEMBER CLEARLY, MY
FATHER'S RESPONSE TO INQUISITIVE RELATIVES WHO ASKED
IF MY PARENTS PLANNED TO HAVE ANY MORE CHILDREN.
HE'D LAUGH AND SAY, "I'VE GOT AN EENY, MEENY, MINEY
AND I DON'T WANT ANY MO'!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; OAKLAND COUNTY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula

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I RECALL THE FRUSTRATION I OFTEN FELT WHEN I ASKED
MY FATHER FOR THE TIME.
"TEN TO," HE WOULD INVARIABLY REPLY.
"BUT, DAD," I WOULD CONTINUE, "TEN TO WHAT?"
"TEND TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS," HE'D LAUGH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; OAKLAND COUNTY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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GREEK RETORT

KNOCK ALL YOU WANT AT A DEAF MAN'S DOOR.

Submitter comment: YOU SAY THIS TO A BULL-HEADED OR STUBBORN PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREEK TRANSLATION ON 5 X 8 CARD. ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GREEK RETORT
THE MULE CALLS THE CHICKEN-FAT HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO TELL SOMEONE OFF WHEN THEY ARE YOU TO
DO OR SAY SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREEK LANGUAGE RETORT IS ON 5 X 8 CARD. ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TONGUETWISTER?
GRADE SCHOOL CHILDREN OFTEN TELL THEIR FRIENDS TO SAY
"MY FATHER OWNS A SHIP YARD," WHILE HOLDING THEIR
TONGUES. WHAT USUALLY TURNS OUT IS THIS: "MY FATHER
OWNS A SHIT YARD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-15-1969

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MR. CLISDAL'S FATHER IS AN IRISH FARMER. HE REFUSES
TO EAT TOMATOES BECAUSE HOGS WON'T EAT THEM, AND
THEY'LL EAT ALMOST ANYTHING ELSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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EARACHE

MY MOTHER TOLD ME OF THIS CURE FOR EARACHES.
MY UNCLE WHEN HE WAS SMALL HAD A VERY BAD EARACHE
AND WAS VERY SICK.
MY GRANDFATHER HEARD OF A CURE BUT HAD NEVER TRIED IT HIMSELF.
GRANDFATHER SHAPED A PIECE OF CARDBOARD INTO A FUNNEL OR DUNCE HAT
ABOUT TWELVE INCHES HIGH AND FOUR TO FIVE INCHES IN DIAMETER
AT THE BASE. OVER THE CARDBOARD LINEN CLOTH
WAS PLACED. OVER THE LINEN, MELTED WAX WAS PLACED AND THE CARDBOARD
WAS NOW REMOVED, THE FUNNEL NOW CONSISTED OF ONLY THE CLOTH AND WAX.
GRANDFATHER THEN HAD HIS SON, MY UNCLE, LIE DOWN ON THE FLOOR
AND HE PLACED THE BASE OF THE FUNNEL OVER THE ACHING EAR.
HE THEN LIT THE TIP OF THE WAX-CLOTH FUNNEL
AND ALLOWED IT TO BURN DOWN FOUR TO FIVE INCHES.
WHEN HE REMOVED THE FUNNEL, A LARGE AMOUNT OF PUS FROM THE EAR
WAS FOUND UP INSIDE WHAT REMAINED OF THE FUNNEL.
THE AREA AROUND THE EAR WAS SOMEWHAT SINGED FOR AWHILE.
SINCE THAT TIME MY UNCLE HAS NEVER HAD ANY TROUBLE WITH HIS EARS.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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TO REMEMBER HOW TO SPELL ARITHMETIC, REMEMBER THE PHRASE "A RAT IN
THE HOUSE MIGHT EAT THE ICECREAM.

Submitter comment: 1 I LEARNED THIS FROM MY SECOND GRADE TEACHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: CA00001967

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WHEN YOU ARE SHUCKING CORN, AND FIND AN EAR THAT IS RED, GIVE IT TO
THE BOY YOU LOVE AND HE WILL HAVE TO GIVE YOU A KISS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Color
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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WHEN YOUR CAR GOES OVER TRAIN TRACKS, LIFT YOUR FEET AND TOUCH THE
CEILING OF THE CAR. IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR
BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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YOU MAY FORGET YOUR DOLLS, YOU MAY FORGET YOUR TOYS
BUT IF I KNOW YOU, YOU WON'T FORGET THE BOYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET, TOGETHER WE CAN STAND THE HEAT
AND IF IT GETS REALLY HOT, PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): INDIRECTION FOR HELL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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WHEN WALKING SIDE-BY-SIDE, AND YOU COME TO AN OBSTACLE (LIKE A
POLE) DON'T SPLIT UP. BOTH OF YOU WALK ON THE SAME SIDE OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

ALL IN TOGETHER GIRLS,
VERY FINE A'WEATHER GIRLS
PUT YOUR COATS AND JACKETS ON
TELL YOUR MOTHER YOU WILL BE GONE
TICK TOCK AROUND THE BLOCK
DING, DONG, FIRE}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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"AYA ONVAOZEGH'OE PIE' ZA' WH'ZEA N' WO'ZES IA' O'E GA'VN.
IF YOU ARE MIXED UP WITH BAD COMPANY, YOU TOO BECOME THE SAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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INVITE HIM TO THE WEDDING AND HE DRINKS TO YOUR WEDDING NEXT YEAR.
TRANSLATION OF GREEK TEXT ON THE 5 X 8 CARD

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS THAT THE PERSON WILL DRINK SO MUCH TO EXCESS
THAT HE WOULD
HAVE ENOUGH LIQUOR IN HIM TO BE DRUNK IF YOUR WEDDING WAS ONE YEAR
FROM THE DATE IT ACTUALLY WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): DRUNKENNESS

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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DESERTED CHILD

THERE WAS A PREGNANT WOMAN. WHEN THE BABY WAS BORN HER HUSBAND
DIED. SHE BLAMED THE BABY AND LOCKED HIM UP IN THE ATTIC. THE
CHILD WAS ALWAYS BY THE WINDOW AND USED TO WATCH THE FIRE-ENGINES
PASS BY. THE WOMAN NEVER OPENED THE DOOR TO THE ATTIC AND EVEN
FED HIM THROUGH THE DOOR. ONE DAY THE WOMAN HAD COMPANY AND
FORGOT TO LOCK THE DOOR. THE BOY WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD AT THIS
TIME AND HE ESCAPED FROM THE ATTIC AND HOPPED DOWN THE STREET
LIKE A KANGAROO AND SCREAMED WRRRRRRR... JUST LIKE A FIRE-ENGINE.
THIS IS TRUE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM A GIRLFRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): STRANGE CHILDREN

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNMENT CONFINEMENT ; ISOLATION ; SOLITUDE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB.
THE DOCTOR WAS SURPRISED.
BUT WHEN OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM,
HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HIS EYES,

Submitter comment: UNDETERMINED ORIGIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): PARODY--NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN BIRTH PUN

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

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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WISHING

IF YOU HAVE ON A NECKLACE AND THE CLASP HAS TURNED AROUND TO
THE FRONT SO THAT IT IS TOUCHING THE TRINKET ON THE NECKLACE,
THEN YOU TURN IT BACK AROUND AND MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: CA00001977

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