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Counting Game

Eeenie meenie, dik-sha deenie

ooka amaleenie

acha pacha umma lacha

I Love You

Data entry tech comment:

The only information available on the card is that it was submitted by a "Joy."

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): COUNTING RHYME ; GAME ; RHYME ; Selection

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime

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Counting-out rhyme used by African American children

My mama and your mama were hanging out the clothes.
My mama socked your mama right straight in the nose.
What color was the blood? Answer y/n
N O spells no and you are out of this game.

Submitter comment:

This games is done with each participating players putting
one foot in a circle with all toes touching together. The
callers says the above rhyme touching each person's shoe.
Each round of the rhyme eliminates a person until eventually
there is only one person left and that person is "it."

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; other children in the community

Keyword(s): African American ; COUNTING ; GAME ; Playground ; RHYME ; Selection

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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COUNTING-OUT RHYME

BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM, IN A DISH. HOW MANY BUBBLE GUMS DO YOU WISH?
FIVE. F-I-V-E. AND YOU ARE NOT IT:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): Choosing ; COUNTING ; GAME ; Playground ; RHYME ; Selection

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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