Recently overheard at la casa de MRP: a number of schoolyard taunts that I haven’t heard since I was a kid running around on the playground in my Zips and Toughskins, and half my classmates were named Jennifer and had long hair and the other half were named Brian and had bowl cuts. These were uttered by S., age 5 1/2:
Miss me, miss me, now you gotta kiss me
Liar, liar, pants on fire
And my personal favorite flashback:
Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater
So here is my question. I didn’t teach these to los niños, I haven’t said or heard these in decades. They learned them on the playground at school. How are these schoolyard taunts handed down through the generations? Is it from one big brother to another? Are they written on the bathroom walls?
If you have a favorite schoolyard taunt you remember, let’s hear it!