Here are a couple of the more innocuous nicknames that I remember: was a fellow with an accent who’d jammed his thumb in football practice, and, on the day of the big homecoming game, showed up brandishing his ailing member, saying that he was in fine shape because, as the old remedy indicated, he’d given it a good overnight soak in a cup of “winegar” – thus his nickname; and there was also a distant relative of mine we called When I was a child and hurt my finger, my grandmother would rub the afflicted area and repeat rhymed jingles in a sing song voice.
These jingles, with their often incongruous humor, helped us forget the hurt.
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They could also be used by adults as a way to fend off curious children’s inquiries.
This is an exploration of the oral folk humor of Germans from Russia, one of North Dakota’s most numerous ethnic groups.
The history of this distinctive group stretches over two hundred years.
It begins in various eighteenth century Germanic provinces; includes a century-long sojourn on the Russian steppes; and, for those who immigrated to America, continued on the North Dakota prairie in twenty-three counties called the “German Russian triangle.”There are more than a few books about German Russian culture and traditions, but the group’s folk humor remains relatively unexamined.
In fact, the stereotype exists that this ethnic group known for their work ethic are generally humorless. From friends, recent acquaintances, and family members.