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Thread #94034   Message #1819814
Posted By: Azizi
26-Aug-06 - 11:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
Subject: RE: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky
When I wrote "Thanks An" I meant to write your full name, Animaterra. Sorry, about that. I'm not sure how that typo occurred, but I guess it occurred like typos usually do, because I was eager to post and didn't use the preview feature...


Hi there, Uke!

I love the folk etymology changes in your daughter & her friends version of this rhyme {from "Hanky Panky" to "Handy Mandy"}.

I just pm'd you, though I bet others would be interested in knowing whether boys recite this rhyme as well as girls, and whether the performance activity includes hip shaking {when they say
I said a hip hop/Swaggle waggle hop/I said a hip hop". And then do the kids sharply stop their movements when they say "full stop"?
{actually, I didn't get into this detail in my pm, but I am-and I'm sure others-are interested in knowing this}.

Thanks, again!!