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TAUNT

I SEE LONDON,
I SEE FRANCE,
I SEE (NAME OF PERSON)'S UNDERPANTS.

Where learned: OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): HUMOR TAUNT REPETITION ; PLACE NAMES IMPROPRIETY ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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LYRICAL VERSE

ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE;
SUGAR IS SWEET,
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY ; TAUNT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SHAME, SHAME, DOUBLE SHAME,
EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS CHANTED WHENEVER A TEACHER SCOLDED A STUDENT
IN FRONT OF THE CLASS.

Where learned: DORMITORY

Keyword(s): DERISION ; TAUNT

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

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TOUGH, ROUGH AND HARD TI DIAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CONTRADICTION ; TAUNT?

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU.

BUT THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
AND THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
AND THE SUGAR IS LUMPED
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM PLAYMATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): INSULT ; TAUNT

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

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STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES,
BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME.

Submitter comment:

REPLY TO A TAUNT.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): BONES ; Defense ; poem ; Reverse Taunt ; RHYME ; SONG ; Sticks ; STONES ; TAUNT ; WORDS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- P870 P870.570

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BIRTH BELIEF ABOUT A GHOST OR SPIRIT

THE MOTHER WHO DIES IN CHILDBIRTH WILL TRY AND COME BACK
FROM THE GRAVE TO NURSE THE BABY.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BIRTH ; Breastfeeding ; CHILDBIRTH ; DEATH ; GHOST ; Haunt ; MOTHER ; Nurse ; Nursing ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P429,

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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MAGIC OF SPEECH

TO KEEP SPOOKS AWAY WHEN WALKING PAST A CEMETERY, YOU MUST
WHISTLE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LIVES NEXT TO A CEMETERY, AND DID THIS WHEN I WAS WITH
HER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

WHISTLING WILL SUMMON A GHOST--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLIN

Keyword(s): CEMETERY ; GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; Haunt ; Haunt ; Spook ; SUPERSTITION ; Whistle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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SPIRITS

IN ORDER FOR ONE TO KEEP SPIRITS OUT OF THE HOUSE HE OR SHE
SHOULD NAIL A PENNY OR MORE ON THE FLOOR OF THE DOORWAY OR
HE SHOULD WEAR PENNIES AROUND ONE'S ANKLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COINS ; Copper ; GHOST ; Haunt ; MONEY ; Repel ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERALS -- IRON (NAIL) COPPER (PENNY)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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BRASS BUTTON BLUE COAT CAN'T CATCH A
NANNY GOAT.

Submitter comment: THIS TERM WAS USED BY CHILDREN AT PLAY
IN PITTSBURG, PA. IN THE YEAR 1925.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): TAUNT

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

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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU MAKE ANTI-FREEZE?
TAKE HER CLOTHES AWAY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUNT ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
YOU BELONG IN A ZOO,
WITH THE LIONS AND TIGERS,
AND THE MONKEYS LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment:

SUNG AS A SECOND VERSE TO HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; TAUNT ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 11-09-1968

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FARMER BILL'S WILL

THE C.Y.O. BOY'S CAMP IS LOCATED AT PT. SANILAC, MICHIGAN.
MURPHY'S CREEK RUNS THROUGH THE CAMP AND AT ONE POINT, THERE IS A
LARGE SARCOPHAGUS SHAPED STONE IN THE MIDDLE. ON IT ARE A NUMBER OF
SCRAMBLED LETTERS AND NUMBERS. IT IS SAID THAT THIS IS BILL MURPHY'S
GRAVE. HE HAD OWNED AND FARMED THE LAND AT ONE TIME, IF ANY OF THE
CAMPERS STAYED OUT AT NIGHT ON A MOONLESS EVENING, THEY COULD SEE THE
COFFIN LID OPENED. IN THE DISTANCE
A SINGLE FIGURE COULD BE OUTLINED.
IT WAS OLD BILL PLOWING HIS FIELDS. I LEARNED THIS WHEN AT CAMP,
BUT NEVER SAW BILL.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Port Sanilac

Keyword(s): Bill ; FARMER ; GHOST ; Haunt ; Legend ; Tale ; Will

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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GHOST BELIEF

THE REASON FOR GHOSTS IS THAT WHEN PEOPLE DIE A VIOLENT DEATH
THEY DO
NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAVE DIED, SO THEY GO ABOUT DOING ALL THE
THINGS THEY DID WHEN ALIVE. THE ONLY WAY TO PUT THEM TO REST, IS
TO TELL A GHOST THAT IT IS DEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO ME WHEN IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; GHOST ; Haunt ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-26-1970

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MAGIC

IN MEXICO IT IS POSSIBLE TO TALK WITH THE DEAD IF YOU USE A
OUIJA TABLE. IT IS EASIER FOR SOME PEOPLE TO DO THIS THAN OTHERS.
YOU PLACE YOUR HANDS ON THE TABLE AND THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD WILL
COMMUNICATE WITH YOU, AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, AND VERY OFTEN
TELL YOU OF FUTURE EVENTS. THEY DO THIS BY MOVING
YOUR HANDS ON THE TABLE IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE ANSWER OR INFORMATION
IS SPELLED OUT FOR YOU. PEOPLE WHO ARE LONELY USE THESE TABLES.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Haunt ; Ouija ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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DEATH MEETING

JUST BEFORE A PERSON DIES, HE MEETS HIS OWN GHOST.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH ; GHOST ; Haunting ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-21-1968

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WHAT IS A POLTERGEIST?

A POLTERGEIST IS A GHOST WHO WATCHES OVER A PERSON, SIMILAR
TO A GUARDIAN ANGEL. HE IS A VERY HAPPY AND FRIENDLY GHOST ACCORDING
TO AUSTRIAN LEGEND.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; Haunt ; POLTERGEIST ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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LEGEND OF SEAWEED SALLY AT CAMP BIG SILVER

BOY'S CLUB SUMMER CAMP AT PINCKNEY, MICHIGAN
HAD IT THAT ACROSS THE LAKE
LIVED SEAWEED SALLY, A GHOST. THE BOYS WERE WARNED TO WATCH FOR
HER BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO KIDNAP LITTLE BOYS.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): camp ; GHOST ; Haunt ; Legend ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY AND
YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE
WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU, AND THAT DIED, AND THAT NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS
HAS COME BACK AND WANTS TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF THIS NEED.
THEREFORE, HE PINCHES YOU AND LEAVES A BLACK AND BLUE MARK AS A
SYMBOL OR SIGN OF HIS NEED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Dead ; Haunt ; Pinch ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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GHOST IN WHITE

A WOMAN IN WHITE ROAMS THE WOODS OF BELLE ISLE PARK NEAR DOWNTOWN
DETROIT WITH A HOOK-HANDED FRIEND. THIS STORY HAS BEEN AROUND
FOR YEARS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; NEWSPAPER ; DETROIT FREE PRESS

Keyword(s): Belle Isle ; GHOST ; Haunting ; Legend ; SUPERSTITION ; Tale ; Undead

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 08-27-1968

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