[Ads-l] "gay" avoidance

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Mon Aug 20 19:42:35 EDT 2018


I learned it as a kid, but from my mother I think (Brooklyn born but knew all sorts of music).


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MARGARET E WINTERS
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Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
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> in public school in NYC

In Catholic school in St. Louis and in Marshall, Texas, too. Never heard of
the Kookaburra Song till now, though.

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 11:21 AM Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> Another round ("Row, Row, Row Your Boat") came up in conversation the
> other day.  Do kids still sing them?  We certainly did in public school in
> NYC, a few decades ago, I must admit.
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> Margaret
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> The Kookaburra Song is another candidate for expurgation. Especially
> nowadays its making fun of monkeys. Still recall the nuns having us sing it
> numberless times in rounds. Catchy tune, though.
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