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Children's Rime

Does your nose run, do your feet smell?
Why, then you're built upside down.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; Goucher College

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

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Maxim

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

 

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Supposedly said by Abraham Lincoln.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; Goucher College

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Folk Speech

I haven't seen you in "a month of Sundays."

(Folk way of saying, in a long time.)

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; Goucher College

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Children's Play Song

Chorus:
Boom, Boom, ain't it great to be crazy
Boom, Boom, ain't it great to be crazy

A horse and a flea and three blind mice
Sat on a table shooting dice
The horse, he slept and fell on the flea
Oops said the flea, there's a horse on me (chorus)

Eli, Eli, he sells sox
A dollar for a pair, a nickel for a box
The longer you wear 'em, the shorter they get
You put 'em in the water and they don't get wet (chorus)

A man sells a pair of Venetian underwear
He wore 'em nine months without a single tear
Wore 'em nine months, without exageration
Couldn't take 'em off 'cause he lost the combination (chorus)


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; Goucher College

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

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Riddle

Why do people usually tap the side of their coffee or tea cup, after stirring the contents?

Answer: Because you can see it (the contents), smell it, taste it, and touch it, but you can't hear it, so you tap it.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; Goucher College

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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Once through the lips, forever on the hips.

(Sign on the door of our cupboard.)

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; Goucher College

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

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Expression

Being "in the family way" is another way of saying being pregnant.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; Goucher College

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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