THE ERGONOMICS OF
EENIE, MEENIE, MINEY, MOE
EMMM Is As you may or may not know,
Eenie, Meenie, Miney Moe is a method used to make
difficult decisions among relatively similar choices. The general phrasing goes like this:"Eenie, meenie, miney, moe, catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers, Let me know*, Eenie, meenie, miney, moe."*Note: "Let me know" is sometimes replaced by "Let him go," referring to the trapped tiger.
Section II.How EMMM is used
To each of the subjects you are deciding from, you
attribute two syllables, excepting the one that "moe"
falls upon. for instance, if you were choosing
between five pieces of pie, the chant would go like
this:"Moe" has its own
subject; or, in this case, piece of pie, because the
amount of syllables in the complete rhyme is odd, so
if you placed them evenly you would end up with a
single syllable in the end, and the rythm would be
slightly off.Section III.
Is there a quicker way to apply EMMM?As
a matter of fact, yes, there is. The complete EMMM
contains 21 syllables, 7 for each verse. However,
there are 16 sets, each set containing, as I said
before, 2 syllables, with the exception of the two
Moes, toe, and go/know. The quickest way to apply
EMMM is to take the number of subjects, find the
multiple of that number that is closest to but
under 16, and then count the difference. For
example, if you had three people to choose from,
15 would be the closest multiple of 3 to 16.
Mentally number the last person "15," then count
one more person over to 16. Thus, if you counted
from left to right (The average procedure with EMMM)
you would pick the first person: This method works with groups of
sizes two to fifteen. With two people, however, you
just pick the second person; 16 is a multiple of two.
For numbers above sixteen, just pick the sixteenth
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