Steven of The Sneeze has begun “a gathering of international obnoxia”:
We all grew up reciting irritating rhymes. Some of us grew up primarily on the receiving end of them. Good times.
A few years ago, it occurred to me that these funny little bits of kid comedy must exist in every language all around the world, so I decided they must be collected.
He invites submissions:
Do you have a great obnoxious rhyme from outside the U.S.?
Send it here for the next update! [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Just be sure to include:
1) The rhyme’s originating country
2) The rhyme in the original language
3) The direct english translation
And here’s a sample from Japan:
Tan Tan Tanuki no kintama wa
Kaze mo nai no ni
Bura bura bura
The Rac- Rac- Raccoon’s testicles are,
Despite there being no wind blowing,
Swaying, swaying, swaying
A worthy project indeed; my thanks to MrBaliHai for the link.