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Spider at the library

Overheard at the library today, mother to c. 3 year old daughter: "Go get some books. But not all pink ones!"

Which of these statements about "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is most true in your personal experience?

Itsy Bitsy Spider is a nursery rhyme.
Itsy Bitsy Spider is a song.
Other answer (please specify in comments)


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Jan. 11th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
It's "Incy Wincy Spider" and is a song with actions. That is also a nursery rhyme.
Jan. 11th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Climbed Up The Water Spout.
Jan. 11th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
re incy-wincy vs itsy-bitsy: Obviously these are merely variant translations from the original Latin.
Jan. 11th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
I ticked song, but its more of a coordination and memory teaching aid.
Jan. 11th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
I think of it as a song in the sense that I can't imagine it being delivered in spoken word form without sing-song intonation etc. (except perhaps by William Shatner...). So I indicated that above.

However I'm not sure I'd rebel at it being called a nursery rhyme also, but there are plenty of nursery rhymes that can be delivered without intonation and itsy bitsy spider is not one I've heard delivered that way. I would tend to agree they are not exclusive categories.

Note that this list of Nursery Rhymes http://www.rhymes.org.uk/ includes plenty of what I would call songs, but some of those songs I would clearly associate as nursery rhymes also. So if the Three Blind Mice show up in the land of Nursery Rhymes I'm not going to yell "WHAT?!?!".
Jan. 11th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Incey Wincey Spider is both a song and nursery rhyme. So is Polly Put the Kettle On and so is See Saw Margery Daw. There are many others.
Jan. 11th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
I think I misunderstood the true point of the poll when I voted. <:) I chose the nursery rhyme option because that's how I think of it, but I do know the tune and have sung it to the youngling on the rare occasions it's received an airing. (He has a few favourite giggle games, and that isn't one.)
Jan. 11th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
I think my primary knowledge is of the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" as a song, and I voted accordingly, but I wanted to note the following: I was always aware of an equally valid linguistic variant--but spelled "Eensy Weensy", not "Incey Wincey."

Jan. 11th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
I heard eensy-weensy as child in California . Always a song which included actions. I apparently requested 'Eeenty Piedah!' frequently.
Jan. 12th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
I know a full tune (definitely not chant) for it, with motions.
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