A children's punning/rhyming game
grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Sun Jul 25 06:53:03 UTC 2004
<<Anyway, are any of y'all white folk out yonder familiar with this?>>
Yes. My father (b. 1920, Pittsburgh; grew up in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and various PA towns) used to recite "What's your name/Pudding and tain. . . ." to his children in the '50s. I've also heard one of my aunts say it. Their father, by the way, was from Baltimore and their mother from Minnesota.
I have a vague recollection of a British Isles folk song that uses "ask me again and I'll tell you the same". But perhaps I'm thinking of the similar recursion of "Ask me no questions/I'll tell you no lies", and "Bread and butter on the shelf/If you want any more, you can sing it yourself".
It's a Gnostic thing. You wouldn't understand.
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