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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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ANECDOTE

A STATUE WAS MADE OF THE EX-PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, JOHN
DIEFENBAKER, AND WHEN THE QUESTION AROSE AS TO WHERE TO PLACE THE
STATUE, THE SOLUTION WAS IMMEDIATE. THE STATUE WAS PLACED NEXT TO
THE STATUE OF THE ONLY MAN IN HISTORY DIEFENBAKER COULD BE COMPARED
TO: COLUMBUS. DIEFENBAKER WAS JUST LIKE COLUMBUS: HE HEADED FOR
SOMEWHERE BUT NEVER GOT THERE; GOT SOMEWHERE BUT DIDN'T KNOW WHERE;
NEVER KNEW HOW HE GOT THERE; AND DID THIS ALL ON BORROWED MONEY!

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER HEARING OR READING THIS A FEW MONTHS AFTER A NON-
CONFIDENCE VOTE PUSHED THE CONSERVATIVES AND JOHN DIEFENBAKER OUT
OF THE RULING POSITION.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB

ANYONE WHO HAS IVY GROWING IN THEIR HOMES, HARBORS THE EVIL SPIRIT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD IRISH SAYING.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): PLANT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DONT WAIT

DON'T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW, THAT WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY.

Submitter comment: IN OTHER WORDS, DONT BE A PROCRASTINATOR.
MARY HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-19-1967

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WELLERISM

"EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS," SAID THE OLD LADY AS SHE URINATED INTO
THE OCEAN.

Data entry tech comment: GOOD GRIEF

Where learned: ONTARIO

Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILD'S RHYME

I'M DIRTY BILL FROM VINEGAR HILL
NEVER HAD A BATH AND NEVER WILL.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN'S SCHOOL CHANT

NO MORE PENCILS/ NO MORE BOOKS,/ NO MORE TEACHERS / DIRTY LOOKS.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): RHYME:ABCB

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

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

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): BELLY ; FEMININE RHYME ; ORTHOGRAPHY PROMPTED BY RHYME ; RHYME: AABA

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

OLD DADDY DACON,
BOUGHT A BIT OF BACON,
PUT IT ON A CHIMNEY TOP
FOR FEAR IT WOULD BE TAKEN.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; RHYME: AABA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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