[Ads-l] _long finger_ =?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=9Cmiddle_?=finger"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 29 16:25:53 EDT 2017


You’re welcome, Jim!

Good one, Larry!

For some reason, Mr. Bluster was the favorite character, at my high school.
Yep, ole Bob and Howdy, too, had universal appeal!

On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 2:43 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> Do we get an opposing view from Princess Summerfall Winterspring?
>
> (I remember Buffalo Bob well; the first time I came across references to
> Buffalo Bill Cody, I thought he’d ripped off the name.)
>
> LH
>
> > On Sep 29, 2017, at 1:02 PM, Jim Parish <jparish at SIUE.EDU> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks, Wilson!
> >
> >
> > On 9/29/2017 12:57 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> >>> "Little one, lean one, long one, lickpot, thumbo"
> >> Check dis out:
> >>
> >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYPmuP3Jf38
> >>
> >> On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 10:00 PM Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:
> >>
> >>> When I was young, I heard a song with the chorus
> >>>
> >>> "Little one, lean one, long one, lickpot, thumbo".
> >>>
> >>> (For the longest time, I thought the singer was Tennessee Ernie Ford,
> >>> but I can't find it in his discography.)
> >>>
> >>> Jim Parish
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On 9/28/2017 8:10 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> >>>> While browsing around in DARE, I came across the above. Not only is
> this
> >>>> the usual term for the middle finger that I used during my East Texas
> >>>> childhood, but it also occurs in a song that I once heard when I was
> >>> about
> >>>> three years old. The song is entitled _Thumbkin_ et sim. Giving
> research
> >>> a
> >>>> lick and a promise, I found that the song goes back, in variants, to
> at
> >>>> least 1849.
> >>>>
> >>>> Thumbkin says he’ll dance
> >>>> Thumbkin says he’ll sing
> >>>> Dance and sing, ye merry little men
> >>>> Thumbkin says he’ll dance and sing
> >>>>
> >>>> Fore finger says he’ll dance
> >>>> Etc.
> >>>>
> >>>> _Long finger_ says he’ll dance
> >>>> Etc.
> >>>>
> >>>> Ring finger says he’ll dance
> >>>> Etc.
> >>>>
> >>>> Short finger says he’ll dance
> >>>> Etc.
> >>>>
> >>>> All fingers say they’ll dance
> >>>> Etc.
> >>>>
> >>>> goo.gl/jonkH7
> >>>>
> >>>> Speaking of recalling stuff from childhood, I once met a (white)
> >>>> fellow-Texan who, as toddler, had had a Russian nursemaid. She used to
> >>> sing
> >>>> him to sleep with a Russian lullaby. He remembered that lullaby so
> well
> >>>> that, over a quarter-century later, he was able to sing it,
> pronouncing
> >>> the
> >>>> Russian so well that I could easily understand the words of the song
> and
> >>>> interpret them for him, his own knowledge of Russian being
> non-existent.
> >>>>
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> >>>>
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