View Full Version : How did you determine who was "It"?

05-09-2001, 08:26 AM
Discussion from this thread brought back some memories for me.

Specifically I recall as a child playing games like Tag and Hide and Seek and doing rhymes to determine who started out as being "It". Rhymes like:

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe
Catch a Tiger by his toe
If he hollers let him go
Eenie Meenie Miney Moe

and also:
My mother and your mother were hanging the clothes.
My mother punched your mother right in the nose.
What color was the blood?
[Person names a color which is then spelled out]

Pretty gruesome when I think about it.

So what were some of the rhymes you used as a kid to determine who was "It"?

05-09-2001, 08:28 AM
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05-09-2001, 08:31 AM
We used "Eenie Meenie" as you indicated.

Note that there was another version (which seems to be more common) where "Tiger" was replaced by what's usually referred to as "a racial epithet."

I always preferred "Eenie Meenie Jelly Beanie, the spirits are about to speak." ;)

05-09-2001, 08:52 AM
We used:

One potatoe, Two potatoe,
Three potatoe, Four...
Five potatoe, Six potatoe,
Seven potatoe, More..
O - U - T spells "Out"

Don't ask me why...


05-09-2001, 09:18 AM
We used:

One potatoe, Two potatoe,
Three potatoe, Four...
Five potatoe, Six potatoe,
Seven potatoe, More..
O - U - T spells "Out"

Did Dan Quayle teach it to you?

05-09-2001, 09:21 AM
We used the potato song and :
(Engine, engine number nine
going down chicago line
if the train should jump the track
do you want your money back?
Yes or No?)
and then we would spell out yes or no.

Knighted Vorpal Sword
05-09-2001, 09:39 AM
We used "eenie-meeny" combined with either "my mother punched your mother" or "engine engine." It took longer, but it was harder to figure out the answers to make "it" be someone else.

05-09-2001, 09:54 AM
What democratic childhoods you all had. :)

On my block, it was much simpler. If I was playing, I was it. That was my punishment for being the fat kid. Of course, that was only for the first round. Then whoever I tagged, found, whatever, got to be it. Assuming I tagged, found, or whatevererd anyone, that is.

I don't know what they did when I wasn't around.

In compensation for being the fat kid, I was blessed with a mighty kick which made me the most desirable kid to have on your kickball team. I was the Hank Aaron of kickball.

05-09-2001, 09:56 AM
Not it!
Not it!
Not it!

05-09-2001, 11:28 AM
Bubble gum, bubble gum,
In a dish,
How many pieces,
Do you wish?

Inka binka,
Bottle of inka,
Pour it out,
And you stinka.
Not because you're dirty,
Not because you're clean,
'Cause you kissed a boy
Behind a dirty magazine.

In eenie meenie minie mo, we used "tailor" instead of "tiger."

05-09-2001, 11:51 AM
We each wrote down in secret a number between one and the number of kids playing. These numbers were totalled in full view of everyone, and a count-off began with the kid to the left of the totaller. We adopted this method after we figured out that the rhyme schemes always made for predictable Its.

kenny canoe
05-09-2001, 12:06 PM
We used to put our feet in to count on:

Goin' down the highway, doin' 94 (this person would be asked a name and then the letters were spelled out on feet, in this example I will use Kenny ) k-e-n-n-y cut a big one, blew me out the door! Tires couldn't take it, engine fell apart! All because of Kenny's superconic fart!
(that person would not be it by the way!)

Rue DeDay
05-09-2001, 12:16 PM
Originally posted by grimpixie
We used:

One potatoe, Two potatoe,
Three potatoe, Four...
Five potatoe, Six potatoe,
Seven potatoe, More..
O - U - T spells "Out"

Don't ask me why...


We used the same rhyme, but stopped at "Seven potatoes, more."
(A little quibble, our rhyme went:
One p'tater, two p'taters,
Three p'taters, four...)

And we used both Big Potatoes (both fists together) and Little Potatoes (each fist was it's own potato).

The "Not it!" system was used alot too. (Sometimes with multiple rounds)

05-09-2001, 02:23 PM
Ip dit dog sh**
You - are - not - it

And so on until, by a process of elimination, I was it. Every time.

The problem with these rhymes is that you only have to practise a few times before you always know who to start with so as to rig the result. Far better to do what I do at the kids' group I run now: just tap someone, declare them "it" and that in itself constitutes the beginning of the game.

05-09-2001, 07:21 PM
Originally posted by RealityChuck
I always preferred "Eenie Meenie Jelly Beanie, the spirits are about to speak." ;)"Eenie meenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak."
"Are they friendly spirits?"
"Friendly? Just listen!" (fade to commercial)

Haven't thought about that one for years!

05-10-2001, 02:17 AM
Engine, engine number nine
Going down the Chicago line
If the train should jump it's track,
How many engines to put it back?

Mickey Mouse built a house, and one brick fell OUT.

05-10-2001, 02:33 AM
I'm surprised no one's mentioned this yet:

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe
Catch a Tiger by his toe
If he hollers let him go
Eenie Meenie Miney Moe
My mother told me that you are it
You dirty old dish rag, you

05-10-2001, 08:10 AM
The ones already mentioned or

Doggie doggie diamond (or dimer)
Step right out
Not because you're dirty
Not because you're clean
just because you kissed the girl behind the magazine

Ink a dink a bottle of ink
The cork fell out and you stink

05-10-2001, 08:27 AM
Originally posted by Cabbage
I'm surprised no one's mentioned this yet:

My mother told me that you are it
You dirty old dish rag, you

I remember doing that, but we used to say
"My mother told me that you are NOT it
you dirty dirty dish rag, you."

Then we would do it again until there was one person left.

I'm remembering all these old rhymes. I remember using "One potato, two potato", and also "Engine Engine Number nine".

Now I'm remembering all the childhood games I used to play, including Hide and Seek, Straight Tag, TV Tag, Smear the Queer, Bloody Murder, etc. What a fun childhood I had.

05-10-2001, 08:27 AM
Engine, engine, number nine
going down the railroad line.
If the train goes off the track,
do you want your money back?
(the person responds 'yes' or 'no', then the person doing the pointing continues:)
My mother told me you are not it (or 'not to be it, for variety) you dirty double dish rag you.
Continue until one person remains; he's It.

A simpler one:
Inky binky, bottle of inky
what col-or was the ink?

05-10-2001, 08:27 AM
Ink stink poot fart OUT!

The person that OUT lands on, is not it, go around the circle until there is only one person left.

05-10-2001, 08:30 AM
In addition to the potato, engine 9, and bottle of ink, I remember this one being used on rare occassions:

Ishkabibbel(sp.?) the king of the Jews
Wiped his ass with the Daily News
the paper was thin
his fingers slipped in
Oh what a mess Ishkabibbel was in.

(Don't blame me, I didn't make it up.)

05-11-2001, 01:16 PM
We all put out feet in and said,

Eeny meeny moanie Mike,
Tuscalery bony strike,
Omprey vomprey voo,
Out goes you.

My grandmother taught us that one.

We actually had arguments about who would say the rhyme.


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