Well I’ll Be Hornswaggled!

BGOBGAI! Quickie:


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Well, looks like someone got the better of your dear El Presidente of Birubegja (namely me)!  There I was, happy to believe the the old nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie” was tied forever to the “fact” that the lyrics to the children’s song directly referred to the Black Death…otherwise known as the Bubonic Plague…

Ring Around the Rosie (victims of the plague developed a red rash around scars of the plague)
A Pocket Full of Posies (Kept in one’s pocket to avoid the smell of death)
Ashes! Ashes! (Burn the bodies once they are dead)
We all fall down (You’re deader than New Coke)

Sounds great, right? Perfect. Cut! Print!

Wait one sec…it’s full of crap. Here’s the real translation…

Ring Around the Rosie (Bunch of boring, but healthy kids, holding hands, dancing in a circle)
A Pocket Full of Posies (They didn’t have video games back then…or TV…so picking flowers was sooooo much fun…but since’ they are dancing in a a circle and holding other kids hands, they stuffed the flowers in their pockets).
Ashes! Ashes! (The real lyrics are Hush! Hush! (and not Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte…an old but very good movie).
We All Fall Down (Literally…bunch of snot-nosed brats falling down while holding hands. That’s it!)


Source: http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/rosie.asp


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