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100 BOTTLES OF BEER

100 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
100 BOTTLES OF BEER;
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
99 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
99 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
99 BOTTLES OF BEER.
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
98 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL.
(CONTINUE TO 0 BOTTLES OF BEER).

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GIRL SCOUTS. IT IS A SONG SUNG DURING A
LONG RIDE OR A LONG HIKE, ETC.

Where learned: TENNESSEE

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

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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TELL A CHILD TO SAY "WINDSHIELD WIPERS."
IF HE DOES, REPLY WITH, "YOU WEAR DIAPERS."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse in Other Group of Folklore C800.500

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CROUP STRAP

IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM AROUND FARMS AND STABLES THAT WHEN A CITY
BRED PERSON ASKS WHAT A CERTAIN LEATHER LOOP, A CROUP STRAP, IS
USED FOR, THE PERSON RECEIVES THE ANSWER OF "THAT, WHY ANY
HORSE'S ASS KNOWS WHAT THAT'S FOR!" THE CROUP STRAP GOES AROUND
THE HORSE'S TAIL TO HELP KEEP THE HARNESS, AND SOMETIMES THE
SADDLE, IN PLACE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ERIN ; ROUTE 2

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

CROOKED AS A DOG'S HIND LEG.

Submitter comment: SAID OF A LINE OR A PICTURE OR WHATEVER IS HANGING CROOKED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): BALANCE?

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

DEAD AS A DOORNAIL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOLK SPEECH

DRESSED OUT OF THE BANDBOX.

Submitter comment: MEANING DRESSED IN FINERY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSED FIT TO KILL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOLK SPEECH

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.

Submitter comment: MEANING CORNERED

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

CLEAN AS A PIN

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

EASY AS PIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

I LOST MY HANKERCHIEF YESTERDAY
I FOUND IT TODAY
IT WAS FULL OF DIRT
SO I THREW IT AWAY

Where learned: TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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FOLK SAYING

"FER PIECE OFF".

Submitter comment: SAID IN REFERENCE TO SOMEONE WHO IS FAR AWAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

"FLAT AS A FRITTER."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

"GOODER'N SNUFF, AND NOT HALF AS DRY AND DUSTY."

Submitter comment: AN EXPRESSION OF APPROVAL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TELFORD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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"I SEE", SAID THE BLIND MAN TO HIS DEAF AND DUMB WIFE

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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NUTTY JOKE

THERE IS A GUY WHO WANTS TO GO MOOSE HUNTING, SO HE
TELLS HIS FRIEND, "HEY, LET'S GO MOOSE-HUNTING THIS
WEEKEND." THE OTHER GUY AGREES. WELL, THE WEEDEND
COMES AROUND AND THEY GET ALL THEIR GEAR TOETHER AND GO
OUT TO THE WOODS. THE FIRST GUY TELLS HIS BUDDY,
"OK, YOU STAY HERE BY THIS OLD HOLLOW TREE STUMP AND
DON'T FIRE TILL YOU SEE A MOOSE. I'LL GO IN THERE AND
TRY TO FLUSH ONE OUT." SO, THE GUY GOES IN THE WOODS
AND ABOUT A HALF-HOUR LATER HE HEARS GUN SHOTS. HE RUNS
OUT AND SAYS TO HIS FRIEND, "I TOLD YOU NOT TO SHOOT
TILL YOU SAW A MOOSE." THE GUY SAYS, "I DIDN'T SHOOT
WHEN A SNAKE CRAWLED OVER ME. I DIDN'T SHOOT WHEN A
WOODPECKER STARTED PECKING ON MY HEAD. BUT WHEN
THOSE TWO CHIPMUNKS CRAWLED UP MY PANT LEG AND SAID,
"WE'LL EAT ONE NOW AND SAVE ONE FOR LATER......"

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MEMPHIS ; NAVAL AIR STATION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

SHE LOOKS LIKE IF YOU TOUCHED HER, SHE'D BREAK.

Submitter comment: SAID OF A WOMAN WHO IS MADE UP PERFECTLY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

YOU MUST HAVE BEEN MELTED AND POURED INTO THOSE PANTS.

Submitter comment: SAID TO SOMEONE WITH TIGHT PANTS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TELFORD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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UGLY AS HOMEMADE SIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NONE GIVEN

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UGLY AS A HOMEMADE FENCE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NONE GIVEN

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