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THE CALL-IN VERSE FOR THE GAME, HIDE AND SEEK

ALI-ALI-AXON ALL IN FREE.
BETTER BE IN BY THE COUNT OF THREE,
OR YOU'LL BE IT. 1-2-3

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SCHOOL APARTMENT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.524

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MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WENT OUT TO HANG CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER HIT YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?

Submitter comment: THE PERSON WHO GETS THE WORD, BLOOD, PICKS A COLOR,
WHICH IS THEN SPELLED OUT. THE LAST PERSON IS CHOSEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

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

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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FORMULA SPEECH

IN REFERRING TO A POWERFUL BLOW: A HAYMAKER

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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BELIEF

IF YOU MASTURBATE, I'VE HEARD OF ANY OF THESE REPERCUSSIONS:
1) YOU WILL GET HAIR ON YOUR PALMS.
2) YOU WILL GO INSANE.
3) YOU WILL GET WARTS.
4) YOU WILL GO BLIND.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-18-1969

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FORMULA SPEECH

THAT DOESN'T MAKE ME A CUP OF TEA.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THIS WHILE REFERRING TO SOMETHING THAT
DIDN'T DO HER ANY GOOD.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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I'LL BOSSANOVA ALL OVER YOUR FACE!

Data entry tech comment: BOSSANOVA IS A LATIN RHYTHM.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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I'LL RICKI RICARDO ALL OVER YOUR FACE!

Data entry tech comment: RICKI RICARDO IS A LATIN CHARACTER FROM THE TELEVISION

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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REFERRING TO BEATING SOMEONE UP: "DUKE YOU OUT!"

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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FORMULA SPEECH

UNFILLING FOOD IS LIKE YOU GOT ON A HORSE, PUT A FUNNEL
IN YOUR MOUTH AND RODE AGAINST THE WIND.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-20-1969

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FORMULA SPEECH

IT'S COLDER THAN A WITCH'S TIT IN A BRASS BRA IN THE
KLONDIKE.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-20-1969

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THAT'S THE NUTS! REFERRING TO SOMETHING OUT OF THE
ORDINARY.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-16-1969

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CHILD'S MAGIC VERSE

EENIE, MEENIE, HICKORY DICK,
DEEDLY, DODELY, DOMINIC,
ITCHY, BITCHY, DOMINITCHY,
TEE, TOE, TUM,
UGLY, BUGLY, BIGLY, BOO,
POOF, NOW I PUT A HEX ON YOU!

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.646

Date learned: 10-22-1969

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LUCK AND BAD LUCK

SEEING A PREYING (PRAYING) MANTIS ON A WINDOW SILL IS GOOD LUCK.
KILLING ONE IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: KILLING A PRAYING MANTIS ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.33
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.33

Date learned: 09-18-1969

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IF WHITE SPOTS APPEAR ON YOUR FINGERNAILS, YOU'VE
TOLD A LIE.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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TO GIVE A GIRL YELLOW VIOLETS IS TO SIGNIFY THAT
YOU LOVE HER.

Submitter comment: GIFT-GIVING

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

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

Date learned: 10-19-1969

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TAKE A STRAW WRAPPER AND TIE IT INTO A KNOT AT THE
CENTER. WITH ONE PERSON GRASPING EITHER END, EACH
MAKES A WISH AND PULLS. WHOEVER GETS THE KNOT
AFTER THE BREAK, HAS HIS WISH SUPPOSEDLY GRANTED.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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NAMING

FOUR EYES! SOMEONE WHO WEARS GLASSES.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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