[Ads-l] "Gonna _Put a Cricket In Your Ear_''

paul johnson paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM
Thu Mar 12 10:19:21 UTC 2015

Growing up in Chicago in th '40's "crickets" were popular, a useless but 
irritatingly noisy toy.  Since replaced by bubble wrap.

On 3/11/2015 11:25 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> Title of a song recorded by Jimmy Dawson on the Banner label in 1960
> A casual Googling takes the more usual - in my experience - "put a bug in
> your ear" back to 1894.
> Speaking of "cricket," is anyone else familiar with the metal
> whatchamajuker that was used to make a "click-clock" sound, but which was,
> nevertheless, called a "cricket," for some unfathomable reason? It was a
> toy, but nuns used it to signal when to do what, in the course of various
> Catholic ceremonies.

Dr Suss's last book, "THE SLUT IN THE HUT'

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