Following a discussion on another list, I'd like to hear, from Americans in particular, an answer to the following: How acceptable, or not, do you find the phrase 'eeny meeny miney mo' on its own, with no reference to the following line as a method of random selection? Is it so culturally tainted by the N word that used, at least, to appear in the second line that you now find it totally unacceptable in any context, or would you still use it? Or is it going out of use anyway? I don't think that Brits by and large would have a problem with it, but I can imagine that US history over the last century could mean it would have different implications to Americans. (An indication of your approximate age and location would be helpful - if it doesn't already appear in your profile - in case it's either an age-related or geographical issue) Apologies if the subject has been brought up before, but the search function isn't working for me today.