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Hudavaoff kinder

Context: This is a Jewish proverb (spoken in Yiddish). It was said to my father (a fifty-six year old man) growing up, and when he began raising children, he started saying it to us. It is used to treat an otherwise tense situation comedically, a way to blow off steam, and promise their children that… Continue Reading »

Dirty Rotten Devil

Background: My informant for this piece is my grandmother, who learned this song from her father and passed it on to her children and grandchildren. She grew up up in North Central Wisconsin and suspects that it came from one of the men’s groups, likely a fraternity, that her father was a part of there…. Continue Reading »

There Was a Little Girl

Background: My informant in this case is my grandmother, who learned this rhyme from her mother and believes it was learned from her mother before. From what I know, that side of my family hails from Ireland which is likely where the rhyme originated. Context: This piece was usually used as a nursery rhyme and… Continue Reading »

Watermelon Seeds Make You Pregnant

Text: Informant (C): Remember at Walton’s when we used to have watermelon and I refused to eat it and said I was allergic? Collector (J): Yeah C: I was never actually allergic and I actually really liked watermelon, but when I was at school some other dumbass kid told me that people got pregnant from… Continue Reading »