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August 7, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Memories: Tongue Twisters

Vintage Frog

On June 16, 2013, Anita Mahon’s daughter, Linda, commented that her mother passed on many Buckingham County sayings, superstitions, and tongue twisters.  Anita Mahon had remarkable skill with this particular tongue twister, able to say it very, very fast:

What a funny little bird a frog am

He ain’t got no tail a’tall almost not hardly

When him sits, him hops

And, when him hops, him sits

On his little tail which he ain’t got a’tall almost not hardly!

Did your Buckingham County family pass down a favorite old song or a saying memorized as a child?


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  1. Linda / Aug 7 2013 7:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing my mom’s tongue twister, Joanne. I remember my mom saying this so many times that it was easy for me to memorize and remember all these years later. There are some cute sayings in my mom’s Junior/Senior autograph book from Marshall District High, Class of 1947. “From beginning to end, you have seen me much, so don’t forget me in all your luck” – from Bob Bickford. “It’s good to meet; it’s sad to part. It’s hard to say goodbye, sweetheart” – from Tinker (Davidson, I think) And, “Here’s hoping you sit on a tack – of success – and rise quickly” – from Mabel. The officers listed in the front of the book are: Senior: Gloria Gilbert, President; Benji Eppes, Vice President; Treasurer, Mabel Ragland, For Junior: Earl Davidson, President; Anita Mahon, Vice President; and Jean Ayres, Sect/Treasurer. Maybe some of these people or their descendants are followers of your blog.

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 8 2013 6:36 am

      Thanks, Linda. I recognize most of those surnames!

  2. Joyce Nelson / Aug 7 2013 7:58 am

    What a treasure this blog is! This type of oral history and a place to record it is priceless. Joanne, I have included your Slate River Ramblings on 3 resource lists for people contacting the public library for information on local history / genealogy. Our lists are for resources by century. Great training for Library Staff too. Would you be agreeable to having your daily posts being printed and put up in the Library vestibule for incoming visitors to notice? – Joyce Nelson
    Sent from my U.S. Cellular BlackBerry® smartphone

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 7 2013 8:28 am

      Thank you, Joyce. I’d be delighted to know that posts from Slate River Ramblings were featured at the library. The news of yesterday…. Joanne

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