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little john cameron Folklore: Shepherds' counting systems: British? (64* d) RE: Shepherds Counting Systems : british onl 09 Jun 02


Seein as yese are too lazy tae click an' read.

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Keswick. yan tyan tethera methera pimp.

Westmorland. yan tyan tetherie peddera gip.

Eskdale. yaena taena teddera meddera pimp.

Millom. aina peina para pedera pimp.

High Furness. yan taen tedderte medderte pimp

Wasdale. yan taen tudder anudder nimph

Teesdale. yan tean tetherma metherma pip

Swaledale yahn tayhn tether mether mimp(h)

Wensleydale yan tean tither mither pip

Ayrshire yinty tinty tetheri metheri bamf

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Keswick sethera lethera hovera dovera dick bumfit

Westmorland teezie mithy katra hornie dick bumfit

Eskdale hofa lofa seckera leckera dec bumfit

Millom ithy mithy owera lowera dig bumfit

High Furness haata slaata lowera dowra dick mimph

Wasdale ..........not given.....
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Teesdale lezar azar catrah horna dick bumfit

Swaledale hith-her lith-her anver danver dic mimphit

Wensleydale teaser leaser catra horna dick bumper

Ayrshire leetera seetera over dover dik - -

Among children's counting out games they found the following; observe these seem to count in fours, probably to suit the rhyme

[Edinburgh]"Inty, tinty, tethery, methery; Bank for over, dover, ding .."

[London] "Eena, deena, dus; cattala, wheela, wheila, wus; spit, spot, must be done.
[Universal] "Eeny, meeny, miney, moe; Catch a nigger by his toe".

Scores have even been found in a number of places in U.S.A.

[Cincinnati] een, teen, tother, feather, fib, soter, oter, poter, debber, dick

[Vermont] eeni, teni, tudheri, fedheri, fip, saidher, taidher, koadher, daidher, dik

These were probably taken to the new world by Cumbrian settlers !!



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