Four Stiff-Standers

DESCRIPTION: Riddle: "Four stiff-standers, Four dilly-danders, Two lookers/look-abouts, Two crookers/crook-abouts, (One switch-about, Four down-hangres), (And a wig-wag)." Answer: a cow
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1820 (Royal Riddle Book, according to Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes)
KEYWORDS: riddles nonballad animal
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes 488, "Four Stiff-Standers" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-AnnotatedMotherGoose #735, p. 280, "(Four Stiff-Standers"
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, (Peggy Cole and Sally Poole, informants), "Riddles," Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jun 1948), p. 28, "(Two Look-Abouts)" (1 text)

Roud #20212
File: NCF1028C

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