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78 PRICK AT THE LOOP—PRIEST-CAT
catches hold of the dancer's hand, and sings the next verse. Each colour is then taken in turn, but Miss Pink must always be first.
(c) This is clearly a variant of "Pray, Pretty Miss," colours being used perhaps from a local custom at fairs and May meetings, where girls were called by the colours of the ribbons the)' wore.
Prick at the Loop
A cheating game, played with a strap and skewer at fairs, &c, by persons of the thimble-rig class, probably the same as the game called " Fast and Loose."
Christmas morning is ushered in by the little maidens playing at the game of " Prickey Sockey," as they call it. They are dressed up in their best, with their wrists adorned with rows of pins, and run about from house to house inquiring who will play at the game. The door is opened and one cries out—
Prickey sockey for a pin, I car not whether I loss or win.
The game is played by the one holding between her two forefingers and thumbs a pin, which she clasps tightly to prevent her antagonist seeing either part of it, while her opponent guesses. The head of the pin is " sockey," and the point is "prickey," and when the other guesses she touches the end she guesses at, saying, "this for prickey," or "this for sockey," At night the other delivers her two pins. Thus the game is played, and when the clock strikes twelve it is declared up; that is, no one can play after that time.—Mirror, 1828, vol. x. p. 443.
See " Headicks and Pinticks."
Prickie and Jockie
A childish game, played with pins, and similar to " Odds or Evens,"—Teviotdale (Jamieson), but it is more probable that this is the game of " Prickey Sockey," which Jamieson did not see played.
See "Jack's Alive."