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I'm a little tea pot

I realized yesterday that none of the local baby/toddler song groups I've been going to for the last several years has done "I'm a little teapot." And yet I *know* I know at least a couple of UK natives who know it, having heard them use it before.

Poll #2011574 Tea pot

Are these the lyrics you know?

I'm a little tea pot
62(16.1%)
Short and stout
62(16.1%)
Here is my handle
57(14.8%)
Here is my spout
58(15.0%)
When I get all steamed up
20(5.2%)
Hear me shout
43(11.1%)
Tip me over
33(8.5%)
and pour me out.
51(13.2%)

A history of teapots

I grew up in the UK with this song.
36(51.4%)
I grew up in the US with this song.
15(21.4%)
I grew up somewhere else with this song.
8(11.4%)
I did not grow up with this song.
2(2.9%)
I learned this song later in life.
4(5.7%)
The actions are too complicated for babies/toddlers.
2(2.9%)
This song has gone out of fashion in the UK.
3(4.3%)

Do you have a teapot?

My household has a teapot.
29(31.2%)
My household has more than one teapot.
34(36.6%)
My household is teapot-free.
5(5.4%)
I used to have a teapot, but do not any more.
4(4.3%)
Hurray for lots of variety in kinds of tea/infusions to drink, even if it precludes needing to a teapot to share!
21(22.6%)


P.S. There's a missing "have" in that last line.

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inamac
May. 20th, 2015 02:33 pm (UTC)
Me too. "When the kettle's boiling, hear me shout, tip me up and pour me out."

Though it certainly wasn't one of my childhood rhymes (I don't rememeber it on 'Singing Together' or 'Listen with Mother') I have a vague feeling I came across it as a US import.
heleninwales
May. 20th, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
"When the kettle's boiling..." Yes, that was the version I knew too.
hawkida
May. 20th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yep, same here. Also as Mike points out "here's" rather than "here is"
pennski
May. 31st, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
This one.