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Counting Crows

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret that's never been told.

Is this how you count your crows? Do you have a different way?


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Aug. 29th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
That's how Patrick Wolf taught me to count magpies
Aug. 29th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Magpies... Really? Are crows different, then?

Maybe it's because there's no magpies here, so we have to settle for crows. But I was surprised to see magpies in Nevada. They aren't like the european magpies. They're much bigger, and more salt-and-pepper, it seems to me.

Nobody could tell me if they steal bright little things clean away, either.
Aug. 29th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh--I didn't mean to imply that the song should apply to magpies but not crows. I think these rhymes and things tend to travel around and get associated with whatever creature's appropriate. I think it definitely works well for crows!
Aug. 29th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm.... I wonder if we need a rhyme for starlings. Rap, I think.
Aug. 29th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
My British husband learned that rhyme for counting magpies, I learned it for counting crows.

We have a lot of crows in my rural neck of the woods, not a day goes by that they aren't prophesying for me. On my way to work this morning it was two groups of two (double joy!) and one group of three (for a girl!) -- and then I found out that just as I hoped, the power was out at work and I got to come back home with my work laptop and do stuff from here, and I was happy. See, the crows were right!
Aug. 29th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Cool beans, thanks.

Hey, do you know what the rule is for spilt cutlery? It means unexpected guests, I think, and women are forks, men are knives, and, I seem to recall, spoons are children. Did you ever hear that one?
Aug. 29th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
It's how James O. Barr taught me how to count crows too.
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Right, then. Never heard of the fellow.
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Sorry, James O'Barr. He wrote and drew the graphic novel of The Crow.
Aug. 29th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, right. Thanks for clarifying the reference. Haven't thought of that one in quite some time. Made into a film, as I recall. Young actor. Died on the set, just like dad. Talk of conspiracy. Yes?
Aug. 30th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Not conspiracy. Chinese curse. Much like JFK. Only not Chinese.
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
I have too many crows to count, I'm afraid.
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
4782 for a Bifurcated Carrot?
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah...something like that.
Aug. 29th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
Terry Pratchett has a very interesting chapter in Folklore of the Discworld all about magpie rhymes. Well, interesting to someone like me anyway, but I'd recommend the book generally!
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
This is Carpe Jugulum, is it not?
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
No, but it's based on the rhymes in Carpe Jugulum - he wrote folklore with a British folklorist who helps him expand on all those ideas.
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see! Folklore of the Discworld is the title! Pardon the density. Thanks. I'll be sure to order it in, since it seems it classifies as a special order at my local indie.

BTW, the next fat-fantasy-with-maps on my reading list after Inda is yours, meaning the one that begins with Stormcaller [ETA: Whoops. Ironically sitting right next to a Moorcock sent to me by someone in Texas]. Cara Sposa bought it for me last Christmas (also a special order here in Kingston). Any thing you'd like to say about it before I get started?

Edited at 2011-08-31 07:27 pm (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)

Erm, caveats for Stormcaller.... Well, don't get 30 pages from the end and then stop because you've not worked it all out - that was one Amazon review that annoyed me slightly, thinking the end should actually be significant like the crazy person I am. Other than that I'd say, remember it's my first novel and the writing improves through the series! ;0)

Other than that, enjoy and let me know your thoughts!
Aug. 30th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
That's how I've always heard the rhyme. Wikipedia has an extended version, and some alternate versions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_for_Sorrow_%28nursery_rhyme%29

I've never heard the specifics of knife/fork/spoon for dropped cutlery. The only thing I've heard is a dropped knife means a stranger is coming, no gender specified.
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
I've heard the mirth/wedding/birth variant. But the ones that go beyond seven don't quite scan for me.
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