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Thread #285   Message #3283255
Posted By: GUEST,Jeanette Stockwell
02-Jan-12 - 03:48 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Magpie (David Dodds)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Magpie (David Dodds)
Can anyone resolve a family discussion as to whether or not there are really two rhymes involved here ? I can remember as a child being quoted the Sneezing rhyme that - if my memory serves me right only goes up to four - i.e

once a wish, twice a kiss, three times a letter, four times something better.

I guess that if you sneezed more than four times in succession it was something to worry about.

As for the Magpie song, I only knew the version from the children`s programme by that name which my children used to watch when they were small. That goes just up to seven, as previously quoted - i.e seven for a secret never to be told.

So are they two songs or just one ? Does anyone out there really know ?