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Loves me loves me not

Posted by ESC on February 12, 2000

In Reply to: Loves me loves me not posted by Autumn on February 12, 2000

: trying to find the origin of this phrase - tried lots of search engines and coming up empty... can anyone help?

I'm still looking. I did find this in "American Children's Folklore" by Simon J. Bronner (August House Inc., Little Rock, 1988)under "Beliefs and Customs": "To find out how a certain person feels about you, repeat the phrase "He loves me, he loves me not" as you pluck the petals of a daisy. If you take the gold center from the daisy and throw it up in the air, the number of pieces that fall on the back of your hand as you hold it out tells the number of children that you will have."