Mudcat Café message #2019428 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #81350   Message #2019428
Posted By: Azizi
07-Apr-07 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Btw, Danielle, "the Boy scouts, boy scouts do your duty" line in that "I pledge allegiance" rhyme is similar to a jump rope rhyme that I remember singing as a child in the 1950s {Atlantic City, New Jersey}.

Postman Postman do your duty
Here comes {insert name}
an American beauty
She can wiggle
She can wobble
She can do the splits*
But I bet you 5 dollars
She can't do this...

* splits was later changed to "twist" when that dance was popular

The fact that kids in Atlantic City said "an American beauty" since the Miss America beauty pagent was held there every year.

However, at about the 1980s or 1990s, I've collected examples from African American girls in Pittsburgh, Pa area in which the line "Here comes ___ an American beauty" has been change to "Here comes {insert name} with her African booty".

Nowadays {and maybe earlier} an "African booty" means a big butt. This is a compliment now but it definitely wouldn't have been a compliment when I was growing up.

In that instance, anyway, things have changed for the better.