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Re: Incy wincy or itsy bitsy?
« Reply #45 on: April 09, 2014, 01:04:00 PM »
I had posted previously on this, and just realized that I'm reading incy wincy with a short i, as opposed to a long e (eensy-weensy). So I have to change my answer, at least partly. In my family it was "eensy weensy," but my parents are English Canadian and their dialect is very influenced by UK trends. Then when I got around other USA kids more, it became itsy-bitsy.

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Re: Incy wincy or itsy bitsy?
« Reply #46 on: April 09, 2014, 01:17:10 PM »
Eency weency

This is how I learned it in Iowa.

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Re: Incy wincy or itsy bitsy?
« Reply #47 on: April 11, 2014, 02:34:26 PM »
I had posted previously on this, and just realized that I'm reading incy wincy with a short i, as opposed to a long e (eensy-weensy). So I have to change my answer, at least partly. In my family it was "eensy weensy," but my parents are English Canadian and their dialect is very influenced by UK trends. Then when I got around other USA kids more, it became itsy-bitsy.

Incy Wincy (with the vowel sounding like the short "i" in "bin" rather than "eensy weensy" with the long "ee" sound of "bean")

England (Midlands).

As others have said, "Itsy Bitsy" relates to a teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini.

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Re: Incy wincy or itsy bitsy?
« Reply #48 on: April 14, 2014, 01:12:32 PM »
I had posted previously on this, and just realized that I'm reading incy wincy with a short i, as opposed to a long e (eensy-weensy). So I have to change my answer, at least partly. In my family it was "eensy weensy," but my parents are English Canadian and their dialect is very influenced by UK trends. Then when I got around other USA kids more, it became itsy-bitsy.

Incy Wincy (with the vowel sounding like the short "i" in "bin" rather than "eensy weensy" with the long "ee" sound of "bean")

England (Midlands).

As others have said, "Itsy Bitsy" relates to a teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini.

Language is interesting. I don't think of a tiny bikini when I see "itsy bitsy." I think, "spider."  :)

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Re: Incy wincy or itsy bitsy?
« Reply #49 on: April 15, 2014, 09:18:07 PM »
From Michigan-  I've heard both, but I learned it as Itsy Bitsy. 

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Re: Incy wincy or itsy bitsy?
« Reply #50 on: April 18, 2014, 02:07:58 PM »
Itsy-bitsy here. I have heard them both- but when I sing it, it is always "itsy-bitsy".
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Re: Incy wincy or itsy bitsy?
« Reply #51 on: April 18, 2014, 05:37:47 PM »
Itsy bitsy --> Illinois, Chicago area.

As for Ring o Ring o'Roses, I know both versions.  But that's due to an aunt who lived in the UK when I was a little one and interest in the Black Plague during the teenage years.  Even though it's been disproved that the rhyme has any connection at all to it.  ;D




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