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Thread #56361 Message #882870
Posted By: mouldy
05-Feb-03 - 02:47 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Skipping Rhymes & Playground Games
Subject: RE: Folklore: Skipping Rhymes & Playground Games
Les, not being from 'ull, I don't know if it's the same, but generally two-ball was played as a type of basic juggling: throwing the balls against a wall and catching them. Sometimes you could attempt to slip in an overhand or underhand throw, if it was the opposite to the way you were doing it. The really skilled ones could do it one-handed. I think there may have been rhymes, but they weren't always used. I wasn't all that good at it, really. I was better at skipping.
The "tell-tale tit, your tongue will split.." is the version we used in the Midlands and also N. Derbyshire. Kids that sulked were "mardy mardy mustard, can't eat a custard." Although round here in Yorkshire thay tend to use "maungy". I've not heard the rhyme here, either.