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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, in the event you play,

you need to be it. (no. 577)

Counting-out rhymes are utilized by teenagers among the a long time of six and 11 as a distinct manner of selecting it and starting play. they're brief and straightforward ("O-U-T spells out/And out is going you") or really lengthy and complex; they're composed of standard phrases, arrant nonsense, or a mix of the two.

Roger D. Abrahams and Lois Rankin have collected jointly a definitive compendium of counting-out rhymes in English mentioned to 1980. those they found in over 2 hundred assets 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 finished directory of assets and versions for every one, in addition to info on each one rhyme's provenience, date, and use. Cross-references are supplied for variations whose first strains range 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 awareness in recent times. Counting-Out Rhymes may be a beneficial source for researchers during this field.

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