Posted by The Fallen on February 22, 2002

In Reply to: Origination & versions of "eeney meeney miney moe" posted by nici on February 22, 2002

: hello all~

: i'm not sure if I spelled it correctly but I was wondering if anybody knows the origination of eeney meeney miney moe or knows of a different version than:

: eeney meeney miney moe
: catch a tiger by its toe
: if he hollers let him go
: eeney meeney miney moe

: thanks!
: nici

The version of "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" that was current in playgrounds when I was a child (1960's Britain), replaced the word "tiger" with [word removed in order to comply with Google's Publisher Policy]. This is of course totally unacceptable by today's standards, given the massively pejorative and racist overtones that the word has gained over the ensuing years. At the time, however, it was used in total innocence.