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Azizi children's taunt tune: nyah nyah, na nyah nyah (93* d) RE: children's taunt tune: nyah nyah, na nyah nyah 23 Feb 12


Six and a half years later for one reason or another I thought of this taunt, and consequently found myself back at this thread although I forgot I had posted to it.

For the folkloric record, I should have included this demographical information in my 2005 post:

I remember (using and hearing) the taunt as I described it from my childhood [African Americans in Atlantic City, New Jersey - 1950s to 1965]. I also recall it from African Americans in Northern New Jersey (1965-1969) and African Americans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1969 to date.

As I mentioned in 2005, I don't recall ever hearing any African Americans say "boo boo" (or "poo poo" as Guest 26 May 09 mentioned)at the end of that taunt.

Also for the record, I definitely remember the taunt "Kindergarten baby / Stick your head" when I was growing up in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the early 1950s to 1965 [I was born in 1947]. And I've also heard Black children chant the same "Kindergarten baby" taunt in Pittsburgh over the years. If my counting of the syllables in that kindergarten taunt is correct, that line and its rhyming line each have six syllables instead of the five syllables in the "nah nah nahnahnah" taunt that I remember.

I'm sorry that I don't know how to write or read music. If I did it that would not only help me better understand some of what is written in this thread, but would help me convey how I remember this taunt sounding like.

It's likely that non-Black children in those cities also said this taunt one way or another, and maybe the same way I recall Black American children saying it. And it's not that I've only interacted with African Americans but it would be accurate to say that I've mostly interacted with African American children, teens, and adults. That's why I don't have any clear recollections of people from other races saying this taunt.

That said, I'm still interested in learning whether there are any racial/ethnic differences between how this particular taunt is said (in the same cities at the same time or in different cities).

* By the way, how is "nyah" in "nyah nyah na nyah nyah" pronounced? Is the "n" pronounced? Is it like "nah-yah" with neither syllable emphasized?


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