Kids not only enjoy a good wordplay, but they live and die by the sword of wordplay. Dibs. Called it. Nothing Can Stop Me. These are rules of law.
“Mine!” “I know you are but what am I?” “I’m rubber you’re glue bounce off me and stick to you” “KOOTIES!” “I triple dog dare you” (actually still in use in the 50s) “No tagbacks” “My dad can whip your dad” (since my dad was 6′2” and former airborne and had a cool screaming eagle tattoo on his left forearm for the101st Airborne in Korea, I had few takers)
I also remember boy scouts and cub scouts using the three-finger salute to the flag – and if they caught you using it and you weren’t a scout, you got beat up and had to cry “Uncle!”
“Step on a crack and you’ll break (you mother’s or an angel’s) back”
“Jinxies” (mostly when playing jump rope)
Toys brought out in my childhood in the 50s and 60s: Slip n’ Slide, Barbie, Lego, Etch-a-Sketch, Silly Putty, Matchbox Cars, Hula Hoop, Twister, Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, Play Dough, Super Balls, Slinky, Lincoln Logs, View Master, Tinker Toys, Erector Set, Little Green Army Men, Mouse Trap, Magic Slate, Wooly Willy (magnetic game), Frisby, Easy Bake Oven, Vacu-Form, G.I Joe, Creepy Crawlers bug maker, Spirograph, and a bunch of other stuff from Wham-O and Mr Ron Popiel.
Oh, forgive me, Christopher, but this strip totally reads like a sketch from Sesame Street to my brain ;D
@War_Pig, that is an awesome list, and yes, most of those sayings were around in the 70s too. :)
@Harena, I take it as a compliment! :)
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