“Eenie, meenie, minie, moe ---    (Making random choices) ( August 16, 2002 )


“Eenie, meenie, minie, moe --- ”  This is a word game that is used to make random choices.  It is used in informal or fun situations.  For example, when children play a game and want to choose who goes first, one of them will recite “eenie, meenie, minie, moe --- ,” pointing at the next person with each word.  As a result, the person who is pointed at when the last word is recited will be the person who goes first.  Or, for example, a woman cannot decide which dress to wear.  She may choose by saying “eenie, meenie, minie, moe --- ” and pointing at a dress as she says each word.  Then again, the dress which is pointed at when the last word is said will be the dress to wear.

Here are two versions of  “Eenie, meenie, minie moe --- .”  Sometimes only the first line is used.

(1) The standard version:

“Eenie, meenie, minie, moe
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers, let him go
Eenie, meenie, minie, moe”


Click the button to hear a "The standard version" sound: 



Back to Q&A / Trivia List                                

Home  



 (2) A variation used by Dr. Gary when he was a child:

“Eenie, meenie, minie, moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers, make him pay,
Fifty dollars every day.
My mommy told me
To pick this very one
And you are it!”  

Click the button to hear a "Dr. Gary's version" sound: 



Back to Q&A / Trivia List                                

Home  

 
Contact Us | Last modified Date is shown on our What's new? pages. Explore America Info ( Explore USA Info ): American culture and tips on how to improve your English; Explore America Info ( Explore The U.S. Info ) also includes Explore Minnesota Info, Explore The Twin Cities Info ( Explore Minneapolis Info and Explore St. Paul Info ), and Explore Wisconsin Info. Improve English skills with our materials.

Copyright © 2002 - Present  Explore America Info ( ExploreAmerica.info )  All rights reserved.