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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor,
Rich man, poor man,
Beggar man, thief.


This rhyme was first published in 1695

It was used to count objects saying each word in turn. Whichever word was the final word indicated either your future station in life or the occupation of the man you would eventually marry.