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A few years ago I participated in a Purim Se'udah at which rounds of humorous poetry were written and then recited in a sing-song chant.

It was fun, and the tune rang familiar to me, but it was something I had never done before. I almost forgot what it was called, but last night I saw someone post something on social media about doing a Grammen at a Purim Se'udah yesterday, and I remembered that that's what our hosts a couple years ago had called it.

My question(s):
1. What is a Grammen?
2. What are its cultural and etymological origins?
3. When/how did it become a part of (some people's) Purim tradition?

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Etymologically, I would guess that it comes from the Yiddish gramen/גראַמען, which means "to rhyme". –  magicker72 Mar 17 at 17:45

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  • A Grammen is a kind of song
  • Da Na Da Na Da Na Na!
  • The tune is simple so you can sing a long
  • Da Na Da Na Da Na Na!
  • It doesn't really matter if you put too many syllables into a line
  • Da Na Da Na Da Na Na!
  • You can put in a billion and it will still be fine!
  • Da Na Da Na Da Na Na!
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This is a very funny answer, but it only touches on one part of my question. –  Seth J Mar 17 at 16:37

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