Counting-out game

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A counting-out game is a simple game intended to select a person to be "it," often for the purpose of playing another game. Some counting-out games are

Many such games involve one person pointing at each participant in a circle of players while reciting a rhyme. A new person is pointed at as each word is said. The player who is selected at the conclusion of the rhyme is "it." This is often accepted as a random selection because the number of words has not been calculated beforehand, so the result is unknown right up until someone is selected. Common rhymes are:

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch a tiger by his toe
If he hollers, let him go
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

(Variations can include "catch a monkey", "catch a tinker", "catch a turkey", depending on where you're from.)

  • One potato, two potato - players may start with both fists (to resemble potatoes) in, so have to be got twice to be out.
One potato, two potato
Three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato,
Seven potato, more,
One big bad spud.
  • Ink-a-bink (Last two lines added if the chooser happens to like the person singled out by the "stink")
Ink-a-bink
A bottle of ink
Cork fell out and you stink
My mother told me to pick the very best one and
You are not it
Tinker, Tailor,
Soldier, Sailor,
Rich man, Poor man,
Beggar Man, Thief.

Another way goes:

Rich man, poor man,
Beggar man, thief.
Doctor, lawyer,
Indian chief!
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