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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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BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER,
AND SO DO PIGS AND SWINE;
RATS AND MICE DO HAVE THEIR CHOICE,
AND SO DO I HAVE MINE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM PROVERBIAL RETORT ANIMALS ; METER: IAMBIC ; MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROSES ARE RED,
CABBAGES ARE GREEN,
MY FACE MAY BE FUNNY,
BUT YOURS IS A SCREAM.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S RHYME: ANIMAL

DEAR OLD MR. FOX,
HE NEEDS A CHRISTMAS BOX,
A HAT AND A COAT,
AND A PAIR OF KHAKI SOCKS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SCHOOL RHYME

DETENTION, DETENTION, DETENTION,
I'VE FORGOTTEN MY LATIN DECLENSION.
THE SECOND OR THE FIRST?
THE THIRD IS THE WORST.
DETENTION, DETENTION, DETENTION.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SCHOOL RHYME

LATIN IS A SUBJECT
THAT NO ONE ENJOYS;
IT KILLED THE ANCIENT ROMANS,
AND NOW IT'S KILLING BOYS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

MOTHER, MOTHER, NELLY, NELLY,
MAKE A CAKE TO FILL MY BELLY.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): FOOD ; STOMACH

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DON'T CATCH ME,
CATCH THAT BOY BEHIND THAT TREE.
HE STOLE SUGAR AND I STOLE TEA.
POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DON'T CATCH ME.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

TWELVE AND TWELVE MAKES TWENTY FOUR,
SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND SAY NO MORE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): Arithmetic, Math, Mathematics, Addition,

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

STARE, STARE, LIKE A BEAR,
CALL YOUR MOTHER "GINGER HAIR,"
CHASE YOUR FATHER ROUND A CHAIR,
LIKE A SAUSAGE IN THE AIR.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I HAD AN AUNT NELLIE
WHO HAD A WOODEN BELLIE
AND WHEN SHE TOUCHED IT,
OUT POPPED JELLY.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

IP, DIP, DIP,
MY LITTLE SHIP,
SAILING ON THE WATER
LIKE A CUP AND SAUCER,
BUT YOU ARE NOT ON IT.
THE PERSON WHOSE FOOT IS CHOSEN IS NOT IT. THE LAST
PERSON LEFT IS IT.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
I KISSED A LAMP POST AND THOUGHT IT WAS YOU.

Where learned: CANADA ; NOW MARRIED ; LIVING IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WEATHER BELIEF

AS A YOUNG BOY IN CANADA, I WAS ALWAYS TOLD BY MY MOTHER,
THAT I SHOULD NEVER KILL A SPIDER. SHE SAID THAT IF I DID
IT WOULD RAIN ALL DAY, AND SPOIL MY FUN.

Submitter comment: I GUESS SHE JUST DIDN:T LIKE ME TO KILL SPIDERS.

Where learned: CANADA ; MONTREAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: MANY YEARS AGO

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SUPERSTITION

IN QUEBEC, THE FRENCH WHO HAD LAND LIVED BY FARMING, THOSE
WHO HAD NONE LIVED BY BEGGING. THE FARMERS TREATED THE BEGGARS
WITH CARE, FOR THEY HAD POWERS- FOR GOOD AND FOR ILL.

Where learned: CANADA

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU FIND A COIN FACE UP, KEEP IT--ITS GOOD LUCK. BUT IF ITS
FACE DOWN, THROW IT AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN. IT MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: CANADA ; CALGARY ; ALBERTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Emblem
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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SUPERSTITION

IN QUEBEC THE FRENCH WHO HAD LAND LIVED BY FARMING, AND THOSE
WHO HAD NONE LIVED BY BEGGING. THE FARMERS TREATED THE BEGGARS
WITH CARE, FOR THEY HAD POWERS - FOR GOOD, FOR ILL.

Where learned: CANADA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER BELIEF

AS A YOUNG BOY IN CANADA I WAS ALWAYS TOLD BY MY MOTHER
THAT I SHOULD NEVER KILL A SPIDER. SHE SAID IF I KILLED A SPIDER
IT WOULD RAIN ALL DAY, AND SPOIL MY FUN.

Submitter comment: I GUESS SHE JUST DIDN'T LIKE ME TO KILL SPIDERS.

Where learned: CANADA ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: MANY YEARS AGO

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REMEDY FOR GETTING RID OF WARTS.

TAKE A MILKWEED PLANT AND CUT IT OPEN AT THE STEM AND PUT THE JUICE
THAT COMES OUT ON THE WARTS AND THEY SHOULD DISAPPEAR WITHIN DAYS.

Submitter comment: THIS REMEDY WAS TOLD TO ME BECAUSE I HAD WARTS ON MY KNEE AND THERE
WAS MILKWEED AROUND ME. I USED IT BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, AND PLUMS, JUMP IN WHEN YOUR BIRTHDAY COMES
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH , APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER.

Submitter comment: THIS JUMPROPE RHYME IS FROM AN INFORMANT FROM CANADA. EACH PLAYER
JUMPS INTO THE JUMPROPE WHEN THE MONTH OF HIS BIRTH IS CALLED OFF.

Where learned: CANADA

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

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