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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR;
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, ORE.
OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT USED THIS RHYME WHILE A CHILD IN BALTIMORE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): Count ; COUNTING ; Eliminate ; Elimination ; GAME ; NUMBER ; POTATO ; RHYME

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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SOME LOVE ONE,
SOME LOVE TWENTY,
I LOVE YOU,
AND THAT'S A PLENTY.

Submitter comment: 1939, BIRCH TREE, MARYLAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYLAND ; GROSSE POINTE ; BIRCH TREE

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN I WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD AND WE LIVED NEAR THE COUNTRY,
I WOULD OFTEN GO OUT TO PLAY ALL DAY. SO I USED TO GO TO THE
LAVATORY OUTSIDE. MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME THAT I SHOULD
COME HOME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, BECAUSE WHEN THE DEVIL CAUGHT
LITTLE BOYS GOING TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE HE WOULD BITE OFF
THEIR PENIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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AFTER A NEWBORN BABY IS ABOUT TO LOSE THE CORD FROM HIS
NAVEL YOU SHOULD TAPE A HALF-DOLLAR OVER THE NAVEL.
THIS WILL KEEP THE NAVEL FROM RUPTURING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS COLLECTOR'S SISTER-IN-LAW.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; HAVRE DE GRACE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 04-02-1970

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SOUTHERNERS USED BAKING SODA AS TOOTHPASTE AND AS AN
UNDERARM DEODORANT.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): HYGIENE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-14-1984 ; 00001960S

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When you are at a bar with a group of people and
someone burps, the last one to put their thumb on
their forehead gets biffed on the head.

Submitter comment: The fun part of the game is getting people that
have no idea what is going on. People usually
catch on after getting hit two or three times.
Biffed means to get slapped on the forehead.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

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

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If you are wearing your belt twisted, you are in love.

Submitter comment: My mom used to say that to me when I was young to
tease me.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; Laurel

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 00001970S

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TWO HANDKERCHIEFS

A LADY WITH A COLD WENT TO A DINNER PARTY AND TOOK WITH HER TWO
HANDKERCHIEFS. ONE SHE TUCKED IN HER BOSOM. AT THE PARTY SHE
STARTED LOOKING LEFT AND RIGHT IN HER BOSOM. SHE SUDDENLY NOTICED
PEOPLE LOOKING AT HER. EMBARRASSED, SHE SAID, "I KNOW I HAD TWO
WHEN I CAME."

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BREASTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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YOU SHOULD LET OTHERS RUN THEIR MOUTH WHILE YOU RUN YOUR OWN
BUSINESS.

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMANT'S FORMER EMPLOYER USED TO SAY THIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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A CHILD'S BLESSING

GOD BLESS THE FATHER OF THIS HOUSE AND ITS MOTHER TOO/
AND ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN THAT ROUND THE TABLE GO/ AND ALL YOUR
RELATIVES THAT LIVE FAR AND NEAR/ WISH THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A
HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; TOLD IN ; TURNERS STATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.642
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards
BELIEF -- Prayer

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MANY YOUNG MOTHERS BELIEVE THAT PET CATS WILL STIFLE THE BREATH OF
THEIR BABIES IF THEY HAVE THE CHANCE.

Submitter comment: MANY OF THE INFORMANT'S PATIENTS HAVE ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SUFFOCATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MOROCCAN WEDDINGS

IN MOROCCO, AFRICA WATER AND MILK ARE SPRINKLED OVER YOUNG BRIDES
DURING THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY. THIS IS TO PURIFY THE GIRLS OF ANY
EVIL DEMONS THAT MAY BE AROUND. IN OTHER CEREMONIES THEY CROSS
SWORDS OVER THE NEWLYWED'S HEADS TO SCARE AWAY BAD SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED IN SUCH A CEREMONY.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00001971 WINTER

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"NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP, A DOLLAR DOWN AND A DOLLAR A WEEK."

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IT IS A SURE SIGN OF TROUBLE IF A PERSON DREAMS OF SILVER MONEY.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHAT DID THE RIGHT EYE SAY TO THE LEFT EYE? (THERE'S SOMETHING
BETWEEN US THAT SMELLS.)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): NOSE ; PUN ON SMELLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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HOW DOES THE BIG MOUNTAIN CALL HIS SON? (HE YELLS, "HEY CLIFF")

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON FIRST NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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STRUT MISS LIZZY

STRUT MISS LIZZY ALL DAY LONG/NOW HERE COMES ANOTHER JUST LIKE THE
OTHER, ALL DAY LONG/ WELL HEY THERE SAILOR, HOW ABOUT A DATE?
I DON'T HAVE TO BE HOME UNTIL HALF PAST EIGHT/ I CAN DO THE KICK
AND I CAN DO THE SPLIT, AND I CAN WEAR MY DRESSES UP ABOVE MY KNEES
AND I CAN SHAKE MY SHIMMY TO WHO I PLEASE/ I'VE NEVER BEEN TO COLLEGE
I'VE NEVER BEEN TO SCHOOL BUT WHEN IT COMES TO BOOGIE I CAN BOOGIE
LIKE A FOOL/YOU JUMP FRONT BACK AND SIDE TO SIDE. (A DANCING SONG)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 00001972 SUMMER

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WHAT GET'S LOST EVERY TIME YOU STAND UP? (YOUR LAP)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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THE SKUNKS

MAMA SKUNK WAS WORRIED BECAUSE SHE COULD NEVER KEEP TRACK OF HER TWO
KIDS. THEY WERE NAMED "IN" AND "OUT" AND WHEN "IN" WAS IN, "OUT" WAS
OUT. AND IF "IN" WAS OUT, "OUT" WAS IN. ONE DAY SHE CALLED "OUT"
AND TOLD HIM TO BRING "IN" IN. HE DID. "GOOD!" SAID MAMA SKUNK.
"HOW DID YOU FIND HIM IN SO SHORT A TIME?" "IT WAS EASY SAID
OUT, "INSTINCT!"

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TALKING PET

A MAN WHO WANTED A PET PARROT SAW A SIGN SAYING "BANKRUPTCY SALE"
IN THE WINDOW OF A PET SHOP. HE WENT INSIDE AND BEGAN BIDDING FOR
A BEAUTIFUL PARROT HE SAW. HE BID HIGHER AND HIGHER UNTIL THE BIRD
WAS FINALLY HIS. HE THEN ASKED THE AUCTIONEER IF THE BIRD COULD
TALK. "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WAS BIDDING AGAINST YOU ALL THE
TIME?" SAID THE PARROT.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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