Category Archives: Greetings

You Want Fries With That?

Title: You Want Fries With That?

General Information About this Item:

  • Greeting, Gesture or Tradition
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant Number: 12
  • Date Collected: 2/23/18

Informant Data:

  • High level manager within DDS. Has been at Dartmouth for nearly 40 years and has worked with the areas today known as the Hop, Collis Cafe, and 53’ Commons.

Contextual Data:

  • Tradition, Greeting, or Gesture that started in the early 1990s during the informants time here at Dartmouth.  Secondary Lore here, as the item came from a former member of the Hop workforce named Nick and also nicknames “The Happy Hop Guy.”


  • This is Verbal Folklore and a greeting or gesture.  Could also be categorized as a tradition.  Whenever kids would order their food at the Hop, Nick would ask them, “You Want Fries With That?”  The students loved Nick and whenever they saw him they would smile and ask him, “You want fries with that?”  It was a playful gesture that was used by many students for the entirety that Nick worked at the Hop.


“Nick was well loved by the students here back in the 90s.  He used to say ‘You want fries with that?’ to each person he checked out…Eventually all the students started saying it back to him and it became a greeting in a sense.”

Informant’s Comments:

Everybody loved Nick and by asking him if he wanted fries with that? It was a way for the students and nick to bond and to come together.

Collector’s Comments:

  • Clear example of Verbal Lore
  • A gesture or greeting that was used over a period of time between Dartmouth Students
  • We could call this a Dartmouth Hop Greeting

Collector’s Name: C. Ross Wood


  • Getting, Gesture, or Tradition
  • Verbal Folklore
  • DDS

Sorority Handshake

Initiation/Greeting Handshake

  • Informant info
    • Junior at Penn State Sorority
  • Type of lore (verbal, material or customary), Genre, Subgenre
    • Customary
  • Language
    • English
  • Country of Origin
    • United States
  • Social / Cultural Context
    • Pennsylvania State University Sorority
  • Informant’s comments
    • Taken very seriously. In order to get fully initiated in the house, we had to knock on the door and the Vice President of Administration of the sorority was standing there waiting for us. We have a secret handshake that only sisters of the house know that we had to do with the Vice President in order to enter. Once we successfully do our handshake we are fully initiated and the handshake becomes a greeting amongst sisters at meetings and around campus.
  • Collector’s comments
    •  anonymous as to not give away the identity of the sorority and informant


Music as Communication in the Classroom: The Beginning and Conclusion of “Circle Time”

The Beginning and Conclusion of “Circle Time”

Informant information: 

Lauren Grant is a 20 year old woman from Andover Massachusetts. She attends school at Quinnipiac University in an occupational therapy program. She has worked at the Recreational Education Center, an after school and summer care program for children with special needs, for the past four years. She has sent some examples of songs that the teachers use to engage with the students during “circle time”.

Type of lore: Verbal

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Social / Cultural Context:

  • At the Recreational Education Center in Peabody, Massachusetts, an after-school and summer care program for children with special needs, the following songs are sung by teachers of children with special needs in order to engage with the students. The students sing these songs along with the teachers. They are sung during “circle time”, which is an activity in which the the entire day center joins together, and all of the kids and teachers do an activity together instead of working one-on-one. It is a period for learning and socializing.

“The Introduction Song”


“An Introduction Song”
It’s very nice to meet you,
Have a great, great day!
It’s very nice to meet you,
And this is what we say!
Shake my hand, shake my hand, shake my hand!

“Circle time is over”
Circle time is over now, over now, over now!
Circle time is over now,
It’s time for <insert next activity>

Informant’s comments:

Lauren stated that the first song is used as an “introduction song”

The second is sung at the end of circle time, to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down. This song is used primarily as a transition into the next activity, which can be snack time, free-play, individual learning, etc.

Collector’s comments:

We categorized these pieces of folklore under verbal lore because they are sung. This folklore fits under the category of folklore from families with children with special needs because the children with special needs sing these songs along with their teachers. These songs are also authorless. They contain repetition and rhyme for easy memorization. These songs are specific to this center for children with special needs because of how they’re used on a daily basis. Transitions are often difficult for children with special needs to navigate, and the employment of these simple, repetitive songs at the beginning and conclusion of every “circle time” serves to signal to the children when they can expect a change.

Tags/Keywords: Song, Music, Special needs,