By Roger D. Abrahams,Lois Rankin
Eeny, meeny, figgledy, fig.
Delia, dolia, dominig,
Ozy, pozy doma-nozy,
Tee, tau, tut,
Uggeldy, buggedy, boo!
Out is going you. (no. 129)
You can stand,
and you'll sit,
yet, if you happen to play,
you need to be it. (no. 577)
Counting-out rhymes are utilized by young ones among the a long time of six and 11 as a different approach of selecting it and starting play. they're brief and easy ("O-U-T spells out/And out is going you") or rather lengthy and intricate; they're composed of normal phrases, arrant nonsense, or a mix of the two.
Roger D. Abrahams and Lois Rankin have accrued jointly a definitive compendium of counting-out rhymes in English suggested to 1980. those they found in over 200 resources from the 19th and 20th centuries, together with rhymes from England, Scotland, eire, Australia, New Zealand, and the us. consultant texts are given for 582 separate rhymes, with a entire directory of resources and versions for every one, in addition to details on every one rhyme's provenience, date, and use. Cross-references are supplied for versions whose first strains vary from these of the consultant texts. Abrahams's advent discusses the importance of counting-out rhymes in kid's play.
Children's folklore and speech play have attracted expanding recognition in recent times. Counting-Out Rhymes could be a useful source for researchers during this field.
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