COUNTINGOUT RHYMES





Almost every section has some favourite counting-out rhyme of its own.

Probably the two most generally used are:



"_My mother told me to take this one_,"



and that old classic--



"_Eeny, meeny, miny, mo._

_Catch a nigger by the toe;_

_If he hollers, let him go._

_Eeny, meeny, miny, mo._"



This is also varied into



"_Ena, mena, mona, mite._

_Pasca, laura, bona, bite._

_Eggs, butter, cheese, bread._

_Stick, stock, stone dead._"



The object of a counting-out rhyme is to determine who is to be "it"

for a game. As each word is pronounced by the counter some one is

pointed at, and at the end of the verse the one last pointed at is

"it."





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