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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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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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HICCUPS

PINCH THE BACK OF YOUR NECK TO GET RID OF HICCUPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PHONE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-03-1969

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AN IRREGULAR CELEBRATION

WHEN A BABY GETS HIS FIRST TOOTH, THE LEBANESE HAVE A
CELEBRATION CALLED A "SNIENEE." AT THIS CELEBRATION
MANY VARIOUS SWEETS ARE MADE AND SERVED.

Where learned: PHONE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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BIRTHDAY SONG

STO LAT (100 YEARS):
ONE HUNDRED YEARS, ONE HUNDRED YEARS
LIVE FOR US A HUNDRED YEARS;
ONE MORE TIME, ONE MORE TIME,
LIVE FOR US A HUNDRED YEARS.
THIS IS A POLISH SONG WHICH IS SUNG TO THE CELEBRANT ON
EVERY BIRTHDAY HE HAS AT THE DINNER TABLE; IT IS A
SORT OF POLISH COUNTERPART TO OUR OWN "HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TO YOU." THIS CUSTOM HAS BEEN IN MY INFORMANT'S
LIFE FOR AS LONG AS HE CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: PHONE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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ON CERTAIN KIBBUTZES IN ISRAEL, IN ORDER FOR A BOY TO BE
ACCEPTED AS A YOUNG MAN, HE MUST PERFORM A CERTAIN ACTION
WHEN HE IS FOURTEEN. THE KIBBUTZES HAVE GUARDED HOTHOUSES
IN WHICH ALL THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE GROWN AND
KEPT. THE BOY'S INITIATION CONSISTS OF SNEAKING PAST THE
GUARD AT THE HOTHOUSE AND GOING TO WHERE THE WATERMELONS
ARE KEPT (BEHIND IRON BARS), CUTTING A WATERMELON OPEN,
GETTING BOTH HALVES BETWEEN THE GRATE, SNEAK PAST THE
GUARD, RUNNING BACK HOME AND THEN SHARING HIS PRIZE
WITH THE OTHER BOYS IN THE KIBBUTZ.

Where learned: PHONE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 11-28-1971

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IF YOU WANT TO GET A GLASS OF WATER IN THE NIGHT, GET IT
AND DON'T REMAIN THIRSTY. IF YOU HESITATE, YOUR
THIRSTY SOUL WILL BEGIN TO WANDER IN SEARCH OF NOURISHMENT
AND MAY NEVER RETURN.

Where learned: PHONE

Keyword(s): INDIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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A CAMEL SAYING

IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A
NEEDLE THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO GET TO HEAVEN.

Where learned: PHONE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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THERE'S A NIGGER IN THE WOODPILE

Submitter comment:

TROUBLE IN THE KINDLING

Where learned: PHONE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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