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DORSETSHIRE CHILDREN’S GAMES, ETC.

when as before a cry of affected surprise is raised:

“Lor’! What do you think? He says he’ll go to hell!”

In both cases the trifling difference of the absence of the aspirate is considered as being of no moment.

A similar catch which I give from another source is attempted by the questioner beginning:

  “I went up one stair.”
Ans: “Like I.”
  “I went up two stairs.”
   “Like I.”
    (And so on to the sixth stair.)
  “I went into a room.”
   “Like I.”
  “I looked out of the window.”
   “Like I.”
  “I saw a monkey”——

Here of course the answer is still desired to be “Like I,” but if the boy that is being practised upon be not taken unawares, he turns the tables on his questioner by replying “Like you.”[1]

Here is another similar catch:

 Question. “I am a gold lock.”
 Answer.  “I am a gold key.”
 Q. “I am a silver lock.”
 A. “I am a silver key.”
 Q. “I am a brass lock.”
 A. “I am a brass key.”
 Q. “I am a lead lock.”
 A. “I am a lead key.”
 Q. “I am a monk lock,”
 A. “I am a monkey!”[2]

or Q. “I am a don lock.”
 A. “I am a donkey!”

(β)—Nursery or Domestic.

The rhymes which children indulge in, in their nursery games and amusements, are of great variety, and range from lines which are in-

  1. Conf. similar version in Halliwell’s Nursery Rhymes (ed. 1846), No. ccx.
  2. See Halliwell’s Nursery Rhymes (ed. 1846), No. cci.