Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 02:13:23 -0600
From: Mike Salovesh t20mxs1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Subject: Re: Ring around the rosie(s)

Beverly Flanigan wrote:

And while we're on games (a new thread?), does anybody recall "Antie I
over" (sp?)? We played it (throwing a ball over the house and then running
around to tag people), but I have no idea where the phrase came from. (I
think I looked it up in DARE once but can't recall whether the words were
explained or not.) Ditto with "Allie allie in/oxen free"--why these words?

Maybe that has something to do with phonetic variation around what we
said when I was growing up -- "outs in free", i.e., those who had not
yet been caught in the game of hide and seek could come back to the
starting point without penalty. The full phrase in translation might
have been "All the outs in free".

-- mike salovesh salovesh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]
anthropology department
northern illinois university PEACE !!!