Regional Variants on 'Eensy Weensy Spider'

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat Oct 29 21:40:44 UTC 2005

>I had a kid's record on which it was "The Eentsy Beentsy Spider."  This is
>the only form I ever knew. Some people in Colorado once ridiculed me for
>it, claiming "itsy bitsy" was correct.

>My wife, who is a native of /dee TROIT/, Michigan, also says it is "itsy

I grew up in Detroit. "Eensy weensy" sounds 'right' to me and I'm pretty
sure this was the one I heard the most in my childhood (in spite of "itsy
bitsy" seeming more usual in general, in other contexts).

-- Doug Wilson

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