July 18, 2013 - Comments Off on Nursery Rhyme

Nursery Rhyme

I've long been fascinated with the origin of language, specifically colloquialisms that lose their original meaning but are still used in common speech. "Pop goes the weasel" is phrase that began as Cockney rhyming slag the meant "pawn the coat." It turns out that the cheery-sounding nursery rhyme is actually about being down on your luck, selling your clothes and going to the pub. Who knew?

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Published by: Ira F. Cummings in Blog

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