Ickle Ockle Black Bottle
DESCRIPTION: "Ickle ockle black bottle, Ickle ockle out, If you come into my house, I will kick you out." Or "...bottle, Fishes in the sea, If you want a pretty maid, Please choose me." Or "...bottle, Ickle ockle out, O-U-T spells out, And out you must go."
EARLIEST DATE: 1900 (Sutton-Smith-NZ)
KEYWORDS: playparty wordplay
FOUND IN: Britain New Zealand
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 238, "Ickle ockl, blue bockle" (1 text)
Sutton-Smith-NZ, p. 88, "(Ickle ockle black bottle)" (4 texts); p. 98, "(Ickle ockle black bottle)" (2 texts); there may also be relics of this among the texts on p. 95
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