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    water spout for downspout

    Incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout.

    Searching Google for the terms "water spout", it seems that water spouts are more commonly understood as a rotating column of water and spray formed by a whirlwind occurring over the sea or other body of water.

    I wonder why a children's song would use water spout as opposed to less ambiguous terms such as downspout or rain spout. Could it be that water spouts (the vortex) were not yet called as such when the song was originally written?




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    Re: water spout for downspout

    Yes. As a small child I always thought those things were called waterspouts.
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    Re: water spout for downspout

    A water spout is simply an outlet for water to flow/shoot out. I don't think it has to do with the form or pattern of the water leaving the spout.
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    Re: water spout for downspout

    OK, that is written as one word, "waterspout" (not separate words which you have written as in your title), which is a natural phenomenon.
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    Re: water spout for downspout

    'Downspout' doesn't fit the metre of the verse. A three-syllable word is necessary there.

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    Re: water spout for downspout

    Since childhood, I have assumed that the "water spout" in question was the long bit on a watering can, out of which the water flows when you tip the watering can. I thought the spider climbed up it, then it rained, filling up the watering can to the point where rainwater went all the way up the spout and washed poor old Incy Wincy out. I had honestly never considered any other meaning until today.

    This is what I pictured:

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    Re: water spout for downspout

    For better or worse, modern visual technology leaves no room for imagination. My grandson would never listen to the song without watching the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p77hQrdjPVk

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    Re: water spout for downspout

    I learned it like this:

    Incy Wincy Spider
    Climbed up the spout

    Down came the rain and
    Washed the spider out

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    Re: water spout for downspout

    Come to think of it, so did I!

    Incy wincy spider
    Climbed up the spout
    Down came the rain
    And washed the spider out.
    Out came the sun
    And dried up all the rain.
    Incy Wincy spider
    Climbed up the spout again.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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