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WIGGLE-WAGGLE—WILD BIRDS 383
The players sit round a table under the presidency of a " Buck." Each person has his fingers clenched, and the thumb extended. Buck from time to time calls out as suits his fancy: " Buck says, Thumbs up ! " or, u Buck says, Thumbs down ! " or, " Wiggle-waggle ! " If he says "Thumbs up!" he places both hands on the table, with the thumbs sticking straight up. If "Thumbs down ! " he rests his thumbs on the table with his hands up. If "Wiggle-waggle!" he places his hands as in "Thumbs up!" but wags his thumbs nimbly. Everybody at the table has to follow the word of command on the instant, and any who fail to do so are liable to a forfeit.—Evan's Leicestershire Words.
See " Horns."
" Shoeing the Wild Boar," a game in which the player sits cross-legged on a beam or pole, each of the extremities of which is placed or swung in the eyes of a rope suspended from the back tree of an outhouse. The person uses a switch, as if in the act of whipping up a horse; when being thus unsteadily mounted, he is most apt to lose his balance. If he retains it, he is victor over those who fail.—Teviotdale (Jamie son).
"All the Wild Birds in the Air," the name of a game in which one acts the dam of a number of birds, who gives distinct names of birds, such as are generally known to all that are engaged in the sport. The person who opposes tries to guess the name of each individual. When he errs he is subject to a stroke on the back. When he guesses right he carries away on his back that bird, which is subjected to a blow from each of the rest. When he has discovered and carried off the whole, he has gained the game.—Jamieson. Jamieson adds that this sport seems only to be retained in Abernethy, Perthshire; and it is probable, from the antiquity of the place, that it is very ancient.
See "All the Birds in the Air," "Fool, Fool."