Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 08:39:13 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Ring around the rosie(s)


This comes closer to the Louisville variant ("Ole Ole Olsen free"), in
which we apparently envisioned the freeing of an imprisoned sterotypical
scandinavian, although, as suggested, we were not junior etymologizers.

This "come in free" from hide-and-seek cry had nothing to do with flinging
a ball over a house or shed (which was "Anne-Annie over"; we were big on
names apparently).


My growing-up neighborhood had yet another v ariant--we said "allie allie
olsen free" (and never stopped to wonder what it meant, I"m sure).

Beverly Flanigan wrote:
explained or not.) Ditto with "Allie allie in/oxen free"--why these

And Mike Salovesh said:
said when I was growing up -- "outs in free", i.e., those who had not

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