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big-ring play

[Cf. RING-PLAY] n. singing games performed while standing in a large circle: The Lodge Hall . . was the scene of dances and "big-ring plays" (Wyannie Malone Museum, Hope Town). In the olden days no one knew how to dance. In the early 1900's young people began the big-ring plays. They would stand in a big ring (boy-girl-boy-girl etc.) holding hands and singing songs like "Skip to my Lou" while moving in a circle around the couples in the ring, who would stand with their arms around one another (C. Sawyer, Hope Town). (Gen.)

Tags: dance, game, music, noun, noun phrase

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Last update: 2012-01-06 15:04
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.4

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Comment of Shannen Paul:
For this definition I interviewed Mr. Rudolph Curtis on the 17th day of September.He is 51 years old and born and raised in the city of Nassau,New Providence. He said he had heard the saying while he was in primary school they would use the saying while playing on the playground, games such as "brown-skin girl". They would say that because everybody wants the brown skin girl in the ring.
Added at: 2013-09-19 02:37