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jump-rope rhyme


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  • A jump-rope rhyme, or skipping rhyme (occasionally skipping-rope rhyme), is a rhyme chanted by children while jumping rope/skipping. Such rhymes have been recorded in all cultures where jump rope is played. Examples of English-language rhymes have been found going back to at least the 17th century. Like most folklore, jump-rope rhymes tend be found in many different variations.


    Here is one from my playground in 1962 Ohio.

    My mother, your mother

    Live across the street

    1819 Alligator Street

    Every night they have a fight

    And this is what they say

    Boys are rotten

    Just like cotton

    Girls are dandy

    Just like candy

    and out goes Y-O-U! (You run out and another jumper comes in.)

    This is also a clapping game.

    February 18, 2008