O'Grady says antedating; slap-neck

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Sep 22 18:33:29 UTC 2007

This is the British equivalent of Simon Says (1856).  OED has 1930.

  1921 Ardern Beaman _The Squadroon_ (London: John Lane) 142 [ref. to 1918]: The snow lay too deep for football, so we played instead "O'Grady says," "Slap-neck," "Follow-my-Leader," and anything else we could think of.

  Kingley Amis published a memorable poem inspired by "O'Grady Says" in 1962.

  "Slap-neck" is unrecorded.


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