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RIDDLE

Q: LEGS I HAVE BUT SELDOM WALK;/ I BACKBITE ALL, BUT NEVER TALK.
A: FLEA.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED IT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: ON A FISHING TRIP

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; INSECT (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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DEFINITION

A BUCCANEER IS A HELL OF A PRICE TO PAY FOR CORN.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT AT WORK.

Where learned: ON A FISHING TRIP

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS ; FOOD ; PLANT ; PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PUN ; SLANG: BUCK FOR DOLLAR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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FISHING PREDICTIONS

IF THE COWS ARE LAYING DOWN IN THE
PASTURE THE FISH ARE BITING.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: ON A FISHING TRIP

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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FISHING PREDICTIONS

DON'T BOTHER TO GO FISHING AFTER A BIG WIND
ALL THE FISH ARE OUT DEEP.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: ON A FISHING TRIP

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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FISHING PREDICTIONS

FISH BITE GOOD AFTER AN EARLY MORNING RAIN.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: ON A FISHING TRIP

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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"MY GALS"

MY GALS OF CORKER
SHE'S A NEW YORKER
I BUY HER EVERYTHING JUST TO KEEP HER IN STYLE
SHE'S GOT A PAIR OF HIPS
JUST LIKE TWO BATTLESHIPS,
THAT'S WHERE ALL MY MONEY GO-HO-HOES.
REFRAIN
SHE'S GOT A PAIR OF FEET
JUST LIKE THE U.S. FLEET
REFRAIN
SHE'S GOT A PAIR OF LIPS
JUST LIKE POTATO CHIPS
REFRAIN
THERE ARE MORE VERSES BUT I'M GETTING OLD AND CAN'T
REMEMBER THEM ALL.

Submitter comment: ANY VERSES CAN BE ADDED IF THEY RHYME.

Where learned: CAR ; TRIP

James Callow Keyword(s): MY GAL'S A CORKER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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THE ASHES OF RELATIVES ARE GENERALLY STORED IN A LITTLE
BOX AND KEPT SOMEWHERE IN THE HOME OF THE KIN. GOOD
VIRTUES OF THE DECEASED ARE TRANSFERRED TO THE LIVING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD THIS TO SEVERAL OF US AT LUNCH ONE DAY,
AFTER RETURNING FROM A VACATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UPON RETURN FROM A TRIP TO HAWAII

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GAME TO BE PLAYED WHILE TRAVELING

COUNT 99 NEGROES, 24 WHITE HORSES, AND 3 RED-HEADED
PEOPLE.
AFTER THIS IS DONE, THE NEXT PERSON OF OPPOSITE
SEX WHOM YOU SHAKE HANDS WITH WILL BE THE PERSON
YOU MARRY.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER COUSINS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL.

Where learned: ON A TRIP BY CAR

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Mental Activity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.24
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.3
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.99
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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NAMING; LOCAL FESTIVAL

"MARDI GRAS" MEANS "FEAST OF THE FLESH"--ITS MAIN
PURPOSE IS TO WEAR YOU OUT SO YOU WON'T BREAK THE
TWO MONTHS OF LENT; FOR YOU TO BLOW OFF STEAM.

Where learned: CONVERSATION ABOUT HIS TRIP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 02-20-1969

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NAMING PLACE: BATON ROUGE (LOUISIANA)

THE CREEK INDIANS IN DECIDING WHO WANTED WAR OR
PEACE, THREW A RED STICK (BATON ROUGE) IN A
POWWOW CIRCLE. WAR WON OUT. AS A RESULT OF THE
WAR, THE CREEKS WERE CHASED OUT OF LOUISIANA. FOR
RETALIATION, THE CREEKS SLAUGHTERED SOME PEOPLE
IN FORT MIMS, ALABAMA IN 1814. ANDREW JACKSON
STARTED FIGHTING THESE INDIANS AND, AS A RESULT,
CAME INTO NATIONAL PROMINENCE AS A HERO.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans ; ON A TRIP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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NAME

AN IRISH NAME WHICH IS POPULAR IN CANADA FOR A SPOILED BRAT, CRY
BABY, OR POUTER IS "SUCKEY BABY."

Where learned: TOLD ON ; CAMPING TRIP

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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NAME

THE NAME CANUCK COMES FROM FRENCH - CANADIAN FUR TRAPPERS WHO
PADDLED THE BOAT OF THE SAME NAME TO TRAP BEAVER ETC. IN
CANADA'S NORTHERN LAKES AROUND THE 17TH CENTURY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED ON A CHORUS TRIP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-00-1967

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NAME

DEROGATORY NAME FOR A FRENCH - CANADIAN FROG IS A DEROGATORY
NAME USED IN MODERN TIMES FOR A FRENCH - CANADIAN. HE IS A
CANADIAN SO THIS NAME IS COMMON TO HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED ON A CHORUS TRIP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-00-1967

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