One-ery, Two-ery, Tickery, Seven
DESCRIPTION: "One-ery, two-ery, tickery, seven, Hallibo, crackibo, ten and eleven, Spin, span, muskidan, Twiddle-um, twaddle-um, twenty-one." Or, "...eleven, Pin, pan, muskyan, Tweedle-un, twoddle-um, twenty-one, lerie, Ourie, owrie, you are, OUT!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1810 (Gammer Gurton's Garland, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: nonsense nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW,NE) Britain New Zealand
REFERENCES (5 citations):
McIntosh, p. 102, "(Wonery, twoery, tickery seven)" (1 short text)
Opie-Oxford2 391, "One-ery, two-ery, tickery, seven" (2 texts)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #628, p. 249, "(One-ery, two-ery)"
Sutton-Smith-NZ, pp. 88-89, "(Onery twoery dickery seven)"; "(Onery, twoery, tickery, seven)"; "(Black fish, white trout)" (3 texts)
ADDITIONAL: Peter and Iona Opie, _I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth_, #73, "(Onery, Twoery)" (1 fragment)
NOTES [23 words]: McIntosh gives no explanation for this bit of nonsense, but I suspect it is a counting rhyme of some sort. The Opies file it as one. - RBW
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