[Ads-l] monkey in the middle (1952) - variants

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Sat Feb 1 15:08:31 UTC 2020

On 1/28/20 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:04:20 -0500
> From:    Wilson Gray<hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: monkey in the middle (1952)
> Never heard of "monkey in the middle," before. However, like Mark, I am
> unfortunately familiar with "keep-away" from my early grade-school years,
> During The War, ca.1943-1945.
> BTW, is monkey in the middle a variant of "man in the middle"?

Yes, I remember "keep-away" as a synonym for the game/torment: I can't 
identify the locale I associate with that variant: that may be more the 
generic term, if you will . . .

---Amy West

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