Eeny meeny miney moe

As a student my teacher used to do “hīti pīti pāti… hei!” for ‘eeny meeny miney moe’, so when I started teaching I used the same, but I couldn’t help but wish that I knew a longer rhyme to make selections a bit more random.

So imagine my delight when I rediscovered a little rhyme while doing some research. I’d seen it before, thought it was great and then (because I failed to write it on my blog) I forgot it ever existed. Not making that mistake twice so here it is.

Kēkē kau ana te parera
E rua ō kanohi
Timo ana i tō hamo
Pao ana i tō rae

Now I don’t know where this comes from originally but it appears in the Williams dictionary. I drop the ‘kau ana’ so that the rhythm fits better for a clapping game we play as well as for eeny meeny. It’s a bit gruesome, so of course it appeals to my dark humour.

Kēkē kau ana te parera
Quack quack goes the duck

E rua ō kanohi
You’ve got two eyes

Timo ana i tō hamo
Nibbling at the back of your head

Pao ana i tō rae
Pecking at your forehead

Now if you haven’t worked it out, this is a great big “ha-ha you’re dead” taunt to losers so feel free to use it next time you clean up at Monopoly or SingStar. Parera are carnivorous scavengers so if you happened to die in battle, those happily quacking duckies will come suck out your eyeballs, nibble at your brains and peck the decomposing flesh from your face.  Something to think about the next time you feed them stale bread.

While it’s certainly gross, it’s not much different to English nursery rhymes that reference torture devices (Mary, Mary, quite contrary), religious persecution (Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home), executions (Oranges & lemons say the bells of St Clemens) and the black plague (Ring a ring a rosy). Ka mutu.

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3 thoughts on “Eeny meeny miney moe

  1. Tēnā anō koe e hoa,

    He rawe tēnei!! He hokinga mahara anō tēnei ki te wā i noho ai au i te karaehe o Te Pairi Blake, ki tētahi o ngā kura reo i tū i Te Aute. I puta mai i a ia tētahi kōrero pēnei te āhua, e āhua pēnei ana (te manako nei kāre i hē taku mahara):

    ! !
    Wenawena tātou

    ! !
    Nā mata i mea

    ! !
    Taupī, taupā

    ! !
    Katikati mōu rā,

    ! !
    Ka puta nei koe

    !
    Nā!

    Ko ngā ! e tohu ana i te pīti 1 me te pīti 3.

  2. Ka pai Ieni! I a au e pānui ana i tā Ūpokopakaru i tuhi ai, i hoki ōku mahara ki tā tērā nā Te Pairi i homai i te kura reo i whai i tērā i Te Aute, arā taku kurareo tuatahi i Te Arawa i te kapinga o te tau 2010. Winawina? Wenawena? Me pāketuketu te whakapākehā mō te mea nā Te Pairi.

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