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TONGUE TWISTERS

IN ITALIAN
"SCOPRA LA PANCA LA CAPRA CAMPA, SOTTO LA PAMCA LA CAPRA CREPA"
IN ENGLISH " ON TOP OF THE BENCH THE SHEEP LIVES, UNDER THE
BENCH THE SHEEP DIES."

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF THE TONGUE TWISTERS THAT GIOVANNI REMEMBERED
FROM HIS CHILDHOOD IN ITALY, 1955-68.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; VALENTES MENS FORMALWEAR

Keyword(s): TONGUE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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WHAT'S THE MATTER? YOU WRITING A BOOK OR SOMETHING?
WELL, LEAVE THIS CHAPTER OUT!!

Submitter comment: THIS RETORT COMES IN HANDY WHEN YOU WANT TO DISCOURAGE SOMEONE
FROM BEING TOO INQUISITIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; VALENTES MENS FORMALWEAR

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 07-00-1970

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FORMULA SPEECH

"IT'S SNOWING DOWN SOUTH."

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID WHENEVER YOU WANT TO TELL A WOMAN THAT HER SLIP IS
SHOWING, BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO COME RIGHT OUT AND SAY SO FOR
OTHERS MIGHT HEAR AND CAUSE THE WOMAN EMBARRASMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; VALENTES MENS FORMALWEAR

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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Goblin Story

A few years ago, in the main plant of Valente's Men's Formal Wear, the general manager, Marty Rapp, and David Palm were cleaning out the drainage wells beside the 50 pound washers down in the laundry. These wells are about 3 feet in diameter and 6 feet deep. Marty, being general manager, directed, while Dave did the cleaning. All of a sudden, Dave found himself being pulled into the well. He was waist deep in the murky water before Marty pulled him out by the arm. Maybe it was well that Marty was there directing, far Max, a vile, loathsome creature that lives in the sewers under Valente's had tried to pull Dave down into his submarine lair. For what purpose, no one knows, but it is certain it wouldn't have been pleasant. From then on, people are cautioned not to walkalone in the laundry in the dark.

Submitter comment:

For us at Valente's, Max is something to blame accidents on. Dave didn't really get pulled into the well, Marty pushed him in. Though, if you ask anyone there about Dave falling into the well, you will probably get the version with Max in it, then the real one.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; VALENTES MENS FORMALWEAR

Keyword(s): FANTASY ; Goblin ; Lore ; Mischief ; OMEN ; SEWER ; Submarine ; SUPERNATURAL ; WATER

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Goblin Story

A few years ago, in the main plant of Valente's Men's Formal Wear, the general manager, Marty Rapp, and David Palm were cleaning out the drainage wells beside the 50 pound washers down in the laundry. These wells are about 3 feet in diameter and 6 feet deep. Marty, being general manager, directed, while Dave did the cleaning. All of a sudden, Dave found himself being pulled into the well. He was waist deep in the murky water before Marty pulled him out by the arm. Maybe it was well that Marty was there directing, far Max, a vile, loathsome creature that lives in the sewers under Valente's had tried to pull Dave down into his submarine lair. For what purpose, no one knows, but it is certain it wouldn't have been pleasant. From then on, people are cautioned not to walkalone in the laundry in the dark.

Submitter comment:

For us at Valente's, Max is something to blame accidents on. Dave didn't really get pulled into the well, Marty pushed him in. Though, if you ask anyone there about Dave falling into the well, you will probably get the version with Max in it, then the real one.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; VALENTES MENS FORMALWEAR

Keyword(s): FANTASY ; Goblin ; Lore ; Mischief ; OMEN ; SEWER ; Submarine ; SUPERNATURAL ; TRICKSTER ; WATER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Mnemonic Device

Memory Verse:

In Italian:

"Le Vocali"

Ah, che cose strombe!

L'A con due gambe;

L'E con tre braccia;

L'O tondo in faccia.

Curioso e L'U

Che guarda in su;

Ma il piu carino

L'I col puntino.

In English:

Oh, what strange things!

The A with two legs;

The E with three arms;

The O's round face.

Different is the U that looks up;

But the cutest one is the I with the dot.

Submitter comment:

The TIalian children use this little rhyme to help remember the vowels

Data entry tech comment:

Motif and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C534] is crossed out. No replacement

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; VALENTES MENS FORMALWEAR

Keyword(s): Italian ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; RHYME ; Vowels

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

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