Thursday, February 26, 2009

The hidden meaning behind a nursery rhyme

Ring a ring a rosie

A pocket full of posies

A tissue a tissue

We all fall down....

I think as kids most of us girls would have sung this nursery rhyme a thousand times but did you know the meaning behind the rhyme....

It`s quite barbaric actually....

The rhyme dates back to the 1600`s

It was when the bubonic plague struck....

Ring a ring a rosie was the plague caused red sores which were in rings..

A pocket full of posies was because the sores would fester and have an awful smell so people would put flowers into the pockets people infected...

A tissue a tissue was naturally because of the plague it caused people to sneeze....

And finally we all fall down, well we know with the plague people died....

Not as sweet and innocent as the nursery rhyme is made out to be...

That`s my trivia for the day....


  1. Hey Mandy...twisted ain't it?
    when I look at some of those nursery Rhymes and Fairytales they really are quite bizarre...I kinda dig it!
    Alice in Wonderland was allegedly written with Lewis Carroll under the influence of something shady
    hmm I just think they let kids have darkness and strangeness in their stories then now its all so sanitised.
    But woo yeah that ring a ring a rosie is rather gruesome!

  2. Hi Shazam...
    I tried to leave a comment on your blog the other day and it was being rather nasty...I gave

    Pretty whacky meanings behind some of these nursery rhymes....Apparently humpty dumpty was focused around a cannon in one of the wars....And here I thought it was all about an egg....I`m

  3. LOL at the image, you sure pick some great ones to go with your posts ! ;-)

    Hi by the way Mandy :)

    Yeah they have gone a bit overboard about the meanings behind nursery rhymes now, haven't they! I was a child care worker years ago, when political correctness had just begun in child care centres. Now they have to say Ba Ba Rainbow sheep LOL

    Oh hang on, I think I've gotten bit of the track with what you posted about, oops sorry LOL, but yeah it's weird how there is ofen another side to our fav childhood songs and nursery rhymes. What about Puff the Magic Dragon?? ;-)

    Thanks for sharing your trivia of the day, interesting indeed ! :)

    Have a lovely weekend !

  4. Yuk That's not nice. I have read some of these meanings before but good to be reminded.

  5. its so true, I don't know what is with the English with their horrible nursery rhymes and food names (toad-in-the-hole, spotted dick)but I have been fascinated with the research into the Pied Piper of Hamelin story. there really is a mystery concerning the disappearance of the town of Hameln's (Hamelin) children and teenagers but of course the references in the town archives are veiled, they don't discuss the cause.... hence the conjecture, Robert Browning is largely responsible for the story as we know it because he wrote a poem about it. Well, anyway, hope I haven't bored you with that!
    have a great weekend, xxx Starry

  6. isnt it ashes to ashes...

  7. I thought it went like Ring a ring a rosie A pocket full of posies Ashes Ashes We all fall down....

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