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TONGUE TWISTER

ONE SMART FELLOW, HE FELT SMART. TWO SMART FELLOWS, THEY BOTH
FELT SMART. THREE SMART FELLOWS, THEY ALL FELT SMART.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; MISSION VIEJO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TOAST

THROUGH THE LIPS AND OVER THE GUMS. LOOK OUT STOMACH HERE IT COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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DRINKING TOAST

THROUGH THE LIPS AND OVER THE GUMS,
LOOK OUT LIVER, HERE IT COMES}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.400
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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DRINKING TOAST

LOOK OUT STOMACH, LOOK OUT GUMS, LOOK OUT LIVER, HERE IT COMES}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.400
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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GREETING

SOME PEOPLE JOKING AROUND, ANSWER THEIR TELEPHONE SAYING:
CITY MORGUE, YOU KILL 'EM; WE CHILL 'EM.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

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

Date learned: 02-23-1971

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YOU GOT THE BREAD, I GOT THE MEAT
NOW WE CAN GO SIT DOWN TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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TAUNT

U. G. L. Y.
YOU AIN'T GOT NO ALIBI!
YOU'RE UGLY!

Submitter comment: THIS TAUNT IS DELIVERED IN THE FORM OF A CHEER.
ITS USES ARE VARIED; IT HAS BEEN USED AT SPORTS COMPETITIONS, AND
TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED ROMANTIC PURSUERS WHILE "CRUISING"
WITH FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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MY FAVORITE TOAST: HERE'S TO THOSE WHO WISH US WELL AND
THOSE WHO DON'T CAN GO TO HELL!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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FAMILY TRIPS

WHEN MY DAD WAS LITTLE HE WOULD GET IN THE CAR AND ASK HIS FATHER
THE SAME QUESTION. HE'D SAY, "WHERE ARE WE GOING?" HIS DAD WOULD
ALWAYS GIVE THE SAME REPLY. HE'D ASK ALL THE OTHER CHILDREN
"WHERE ARE WE GOING, BOYS?" THEN EVERYONE WOULD ANSWER,
"WE'RE GOING TO THE HAMBURG SHOW.
TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS AND THE WILD KANGAROOS.
AND WE'LL ALL STICK TOGETHER IN THE RAINY, STORMY WEATHER.
CAUSE WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE WHOLE SHOW THROUGH."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HAMBURGH

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

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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EENIE MEENIE MIENIE MO, CATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE
IF HE HOLLARS LET HIM GO, EENIE MEENIE MIENIE MO.

Submitter comment: TOLD AS A RIDDLE IN A GAME TO DECIDE WHO WAS
"IT."

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; friends ; PLAYING

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE A DRINK SAY,
"OVER THE TEETH AND UNDER THE GUMS,
LOOKOUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES."

Submitter comment: I FIRST HEARD THIS SAID BY SOUPY SALES
DURING HIS LUNCH-TIME TV SHOW DURING
THE 1950'S ON CHANNEL 7 IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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When my family and friends are sitting around the
house watching television, we have a saying when
you get up to go to the bathroom or get something
from the refrigerator. The saying is "Place back."
Saying "Place back" means that when you come back
you get your seat back. If you don't say "Place
back," anyone can take your seat from you. When
you come back and see that your seat is gone,
the person sitting in your chair must say,
"Move your meat, lose your seat" before you say
"Place back."

Submitter comment: The game came about from not having enough
comfortable seats in the house. We were always
arguing who got to sit in the best chair.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): Reservation formula

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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This little saying was used often in my neighborhood
when I was a child, particularly among siblings:
"Liar, liar, pants on fire,
Hanging from a telephone wire."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME

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

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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This little saying was used often in my neighborhood
when I was a child, particularly among siblings:
"Baby, baby, baby,
Stick your head in gravy,
Wrap it up in bubblegum,
And send it to the navy."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

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

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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My younger brother and I would say this to each other
if one could get the other to look at something that
really wasn't there:
"Made you look, you dirty crook,
You stole your mother's pocket book.
You turned it in, you turned it out,
You turned it into sauerkraut."
Then the one who made the other look would say,
"You one'd it."
The other would say,
"You two'd it."
We would go back and forth saying
"You three'd it."
"You four'd it."
"You five'd it."
"You six'd it."
"You seven'd it."
Finally, the one to get in the last word says'
"You eight (ate) it."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING

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

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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Rhyme

At the dinner table, my mother's mother used to tease
anyone who asked to be excused. The dialogue would go
like this:
"I've had sufficient."
"You went fishing?"
"I've had plenty."
"You caught twenty?"
"Go to Hell!"
"I should say you did well!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00001950CA

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Whenever I say goodnight to someone, I always say "Nightie,
night, don't let the bed bugs bite."

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001970S

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BEDTIME VERSE

SLEEP TIGHT AND DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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GOOD-BYE VERSE

FIRST PERSON SAYS: SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR. THE SECOND ANSWERS: IN
AWHILE CROCODILE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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TONGUE TWISTER

HOW MUCH WOOD COULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK
IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD?
HE WOULD CHUCK AS MUCH WOOD AS A WOODCHUCK WOULD CHUCK,
IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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