The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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TAIT—THIMBLE RING                         225
The Dorset game of " See-saw."—Halliwell's Dictionary.
The blossoms of cowslips collected together tied in a globular form, and used to toss to and fro for an amusement called " Teesty-Tosty," or simply sometimes "Tosty."—Somerset (Holloway's Diet, of Provincialisms).
A writer in Byegones for July 1890, p. 142, says, " Tuswball " means a bunch. He gives the following rhyme, used when tossing the ball:—
Tuswball, tuswball, tell unto me What my sweetheart's name shall be.
Then repeating letters of the alphabet until the ball falls, and the letter last called will indicate the sweetheart's name.
See "Ball," "Shuttlefeather," "Trip Trout."
The East Anglian game of " See-saw."—Halliwell's Dic­tionary.
Tee-to-tum. See " Totum "
Thimble Ring
I come with my ringle jingles
Under my lady's apron strings.
First comes summer, and then comes May,
The queen's to be married on midsummer day.
Here she sits and here she stands,
As fair as a lily, as white as a swan;
A pair of green gloves to draw on her hands,
As ladies wear in Cumberland.
I've brought you three letters, so pray you read one,
I can't read one unless I read all,
So pray, Miss Nancy, deliver them all.
—Sheffield (S. O. Addy).
A number of young men and women form themselves into an oval ring, and one stands in the centre. A thimble is given vol. 11.                                                                          p

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