Shirley Ellis - The Name Game

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Diamond Jim


Wanna return for a few moments to the 1960s?  Its the Name Game!!!  Sing along with me...

     Rhonda, Rhonda, Ro-Rhonda,

     Banana-fana fo-fonda,

     fee fie mo monda...



Rules to sing the name game...


Using the name Katie as an example, the song follows this pattern:


Katie, Katie, bo-batie,
Banana-fana fo-fatie


A verse can be created for any name, with X as the name and Y as the name without the first consonant sound (if it begins with a consonant), as follows:


(X), (X), bo-b (Y)
Banana-fana fo-f (Y)
Fee-fi-mo--m (Y)


If the name starts with a vowel or vowel sound, the "b" "f" or "m" is inserted in front of the name.


And if the name starts with a b, f, or m, that sound simply is not repeated. (For example: Billy becomes "Billy Billy bo-illy"; Fred becomes "banana fana fo-red"; Marsha becomes "fee fi mo-arsha".)


Playing the game with certain names such as Danny, Alice, Tucker, Bart, Mitch, Maggie, Judy or Ruby can result in risque, impolite or vulgar words being unintentionally sung out loud, such as Fanny, Phallus, Fart, and so on.