Pinky Swears Were Serious Business!
June 13, 2018 1:25pm CST
As kids, if we made a promise to one of our friends we had to do a pinky swear to seal the deal. The pinky swear meant that the promise would be kept at all costs. A pinky swear, also known as a pinky promise, involved one kid linking, or entwining, one of his pinky fingers with the pinky finger of the other kid. A pinky swear was serious business for kids. The pinky swear was in play since around 1860 in the USA. Pinky swearing is said to have started in Japan, and more recently, the pinky swear is now used in South Korea.. As kids, our pinky swears never involved reciting the verse below, but in some parts of the USA, the following was an important part of the promise: "Pinky, pinky bow-bell, Whoever tells a lie Will sink down to the bad place [sic] And never rise up again." If you make a pinky swear, or pinky promise, take it very, very seriously.
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• Pamplona, Spain
We did not do pinky swears we would do a kind of high fives choca esos cinco you know that kind of thing. I have heard of it though but we did that similar thing and it was a game for us as well most of the time. We were always loyal to each other.