The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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Turvey, turvey, clothed in black, With silver buttons upon your back; One by one, and two by two, Turn about, and that will do.
—Haverfordwest (Notes and Queries, 3rd series, v. 394).
The children marched two and two, in a measured step to a given distance, then turned and marched back again. See " Alligoshee."
"Tut-ball," * as played at a young ladies' school at Shifrhal fifty years ago. The pla) ers stood together in their "den," behind a line marked on the ground, all except one, who was " out," and who stood at a distance and threw the ball to them. One of the players in the den then hit back the ball with the palm of the hand, and immediately ran to one of three brick­bats, called "tuts," which were set up at equal distances on the ground, in such positions that a player running past them all would describe a complete circle by the time she returned to the den. The player who was " out" tried to catch the ball, and to hit the runner with it while passing from one " tut" to another. If she succeeded in doing so, she took her place in the den, and the other went " out" in her stead. This game is very nearly identical with " rounders."—Shropshire Folk­lore, p. 524.
A game at ball, now only played by boys, but half a century ago by adults on Ash Wednesday, believing that unless they did so they would fall sick in harvest time. This is a very ancient game, and was elsewhere called " Stool-ball," indulged in by the clergy as well as laity to avert misfortune.—Ross and Stead's Holderness Glossary. The game is not described.
Addy (Sheffield Glossary) says this game is the same as " Pize-ball." Halliwell (Dictionary) says it is a sort of "Stob-ball Play."
See "Cat and Dog," "Rounders," "Stool Ball."
* Tut, a prominence, from A. S. tolian, whence also E. tout, q. v.—W. W. S.

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