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That Mysterious “S” Thing We Used to Draw (by the1janitor)
We used to draw this as kids and it’s always confused me. It still really bothers me tbh.
This is really creepy tbh.
yeah we used to draw these! around 2002. at the time i was told it was like the slipknot logo but now i know it’s totally not. but we did used to get in trouble for drawing them.
we never got in trouble with them. I had them all over my school planner lol.
(We did call them ‘super S’)
There’s this awesome book I read called ‘The People in the Playground’ which concerns the observations of an anthropologist on children’s folklore: the stuff that kids independently teach one another in school yards and playgrounds that has no real connection to adult lore and media. This is a great example of it, as are hand clapping and jump rope verses.
If you can finish the lines “Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack all dressed in black black black…” or ‘Hinky Pinky Ponky, Daddy had a donkey…”or “Miss Suzy had a steamboat…” or “Engine Engine number nine…”
stop and think about where you learned them.
It probably wasn’t from an adult or out of a book or in any formal way. It was from another kid; someone a grade ahead of you or someone’s older sibling or something. Who learned it the same way.
This is CHILD lore. Sometimes a fad will come and go in a single age cohort, sometimes it’ll last for generations. It’s kind of awesome.
The idea of child lore and a distinct child culture is really interesting, especially when you consider that children have a few traditions that go back hundreds of years.
For example: did you ever play “Quaker’s meeting?” Quaker’s meeting has begun, no more laughter, no more fun…that dates back two centuries.
And of course there’s “Ring around the rosie,” which goes all the way back to the time of the black plague.
Children pass these things down among themselves as part of a legacy they lack the context to fully understand; but you could say the same thing about most adult traditions. That unbroken chain of shared knowledge connects their play to the play of children from hundreds of years ago, without any adult input or encouragement.
This is really cool. I want to read more about child lore in general, what makes these things spread and stay in people’s minds. I was fascinated with this kind of thing a few years ago, because of this one specific thing that was spread at my old elementary school through the years. On the preschool playground there was this short tree shaped like a Y, and the preschoolers used to stand behind it and pretend they were selling ice cream to the other kids. It was a game somebody or other played every recess when I was in preschool.
A few years later, my sister and I were big kids in grade school, and one day we were on the preschool playground to pick up our friend’s little brother. When we found him, he was standing behind the same tree yelling “Who wants some ice cream?” We thought it was really funny that the game had been passed down and stayed alive in the three or four years since we’d played it.
But then, fast forward another ten years, I was walking past the same preschool again in my junior year of high school, and I hear a kid shouting “Who wants some ice cream?” from behind the same fucking tree. It’d been at least thirteen years since that game had started, probably longer. It was a game specific to that playground, but it stayed alive on that playground, for a pretty freaking long time. I don’t know, it’s just crazy.
Promo for Gotham 1x06, “Spirit of the Goat”, written by Ben Edlund.
→ maggie zeddmore in 3.13 ghostfacers
half-awesome? that — that’s full-on good, right?