July 19th, 2017
Renee Dickens wrote to us asking for help with a childhood song: “My grandmother used to sing a Norwegian song or rhyme she called ‘Ree Dee Dunkin’. No one in our family can find anything about it. It would be really great to have the actual song with all the words. Your help would be […]
April 1st, 2012
Rhiannon Daymond-King sent me a counting-out rhyme called “Zinty Tinty” with this note: “I was taught a counting rhyme by my father, who said it came from his mother. Her mother was Swedish, so he thought it was in Swedish (or possibly Norwegian given that the part of the country she was from used to […]
May 17th, 2010
Rida, Rida Ranka is a rhyme and song known to many in Scandinavia and to the families of Scandinavian immigrants in the US. Lance N. Peterson wrote to me of its significance to his family. (I added links below to the versions of Rida, rida ranka he talks about.) Dear Lisa: Words are what we […]
January 29th, 2010
Rachel wrote asking about a childhood rhyme… Hello, My Norwegian Grandfather – passed away 30 years ago – used to put me on his knee and do something like: Bunka Bunka Roona, Smacka Smacka Doona, Kahoong and Kahoong & Set the Butchin up! How Many? At the end, he’d put so many of his fingers […]
January 7th, 2010
Tyler wrote: My grandmother used to sing us kids a song all the time. I never knew the name of it or the entire song. Here is what I remember… Row row da fiska shad munga fisk and a drov e ded entel far entel mor entel suster and entel brod…? Sorry I don’t have […]
June 22nd, 2009
David Russett wrote: I’m trying to find the words to a Norwegian rhyme or song. The only part I know goes something like: Kan du gleme gammel Norge? O vey! Ya, ya, gleme kan! Or it may be: Kan du huske gammel Norge? Ove! Ya, Ya, huske kan! Does anyone know the rest of this […]
December 13th, 2006
Julie and Beth wrote looking for the origins of two Scandinavian rhymes that are played with little kids while touching their toes. We’re wondering if anyone’s ever heard of these rhymes and perhaps knows what country they’re from and/or anything else about their origins. Here’s what Julie wrote: I have been searching for the origin […]
May 7th, 2006
Jennifer wrote… My mom’s Norwegian father taught her two little ditties and I would love to know if we have them correct and what the correct spelling is. I’m going to spell phonetically… Comin a man Loppin a stoppin Ca-sis ta-baggin ta-bick-en ta-boose (tickle, tickle) and Panabene (point to forehead) Oyestene (point to eyes) Nasatip […]
January 12th, 2006
St. Knut’s Day is a holiday celebrated in Sweden, Finland and Norway, on January 13th. The day is called Tjugondag Knut in Sweden, which means 20th day Knut. In Norway it’s called Tyvendedagen, which I believe, is 20th day. On St. Knut’s Day, they say they “plunder” the Christmas tree. If there are edible ornaments […]
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