The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

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14                     ODD OR EVEN—OLD DAME
twiddling their thumbs). The top child repeats from the begin­ning, adding, u Do as you see me," and the rest of the children follow suit, as before. Just as the last child repeats the words, the top child falls on the child next to her, and all go down like a row of ninepins. The whole is said in a sing-song way. This game was, so far as I can ascertain, truly East Anglian. I have never been able to hear of it in other parts of England or Wales.—Bexley Heath (Miss Morris). Also played in London.
See " Solomon."
Odd or Even
A boys' game, played with buttons, marbles, and halfpence. Peacock's Manlcy and Corringham Glossary; also mentioned in Brogden's Provincial Words (Lincolnshire). Mr. Patterson says (Antrim and Down Glossary)—A boy shuts up a few small objects, such as marbles, in one hand, and asks his opponent to guess if the number is odd or even. He then either pays or receives one, according as the guess is right or wrong. Strutt describes this game in the same way, and says it was played in ancient Greece and Rome. Newell (Games', p. 147) also mentions it.
See " Prickie and Jockie."
A game played with coins. Brogden's Provincial Words, L incolnshire.
Old Dame
I. I'll away to t' beck to wash my neck,
When I get there, I'll ask t' ould dame what o'clock it is ? It's one, and you'll be hanged at two.
I'll away to t' beck to wash my neck,
When I get there, I'll ask t' ould dame what o'clock it is ? It's two, and you'll be hanged at three. [This is repeated until the old woman says, " It's eleven, and you'll be hanged at twelve."]
—Yorkshire (Miss E. Cadman).

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