The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #47148   Message #702831
Posted By: Nerd
02-May-02 - 09:15 AM
Thread Name: eena meena mackeracka (children's rhymes)
Subject: RE: eena meena mackeracka
Kenny Goldstein once wrote an article called "Strategy in counting-out" in which he showed that kids carefully picked and/or altered these rhymes to get the desired effect, making sure the people they wanted to stay in stayed in. So Firecat's experience seems to have been typical!

BTW, another good book to refer to is Roger Abrahams's "Counting-Out Rhymes: A Dictionary."