Livinghigh: Hare-brained
Friday, April 21, 2006
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Hare-brained

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Every now and then, I feel like coming back to this space and talking utter nonsense.

Jack Sprite
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick

Trash. Now why on earth would any body called Jack, however sprightly and nimble he may be, want to jump over a candlestick? And even if he does, what's the great shakes in that?! I mean, it's not a giant candlestick or anything, right?

There's that theory that all these nonsensical rhymes-shymes (sigh, been missing Delhi like crazy lately) are based on some serious, and at times, even gruesome, issues/events. Like that silly old playground chant -

Ringa Ringa Roses
Pocketful of poses
A hush-a, a hush-oo,
We all fall down

- which is supposed to refer to small pox epidemics in Europe ages ago. Woof! Never thought about all that when you were happily whirling around in Montessori, hush-a-ing and hush-oo-ing now, were you?

Mary Mary
Quite contrary
How does your garden grow?

- Something about tinkerbells there.



4 Comments:

what abt the most popular nursery rhymes of all times, 'Jack and Jill' which has a French (history) connection!

The roots of this child's nursery rhyme is in France and the Jack and Jill referred to are Louis XVI who was beheaded (lost his crown) followed by his Queen Marie Antoinette (who came tumbling after). The words and lyrics were made more palatable for the nursery by giving it a happy ending and has further been altered by the passage of time - the actual beheadings occurred in 1793. The first publication date for the lyrics of this nursery rhyme is 1795 which tie-in
with the history and origins

nursery rhymes are gruesome and they teach this to kids!!!

By Blogger mizfit, at 1:09 PM  

Damn. I knew education was misleading, but I didnt know that started so early.

By Blogger Casablanca, at 8:37 AM  

very intresting! now i have lost
appetite for them altogether i dont think my children are going to
be exposed to ghastly history so early.

By Blogger madsnow, at 1:52 PM  

mizfit - hehehe... i ALWAYS wanted to say "off with their heads!"

casa - let's start singin' now: WE DONT NEED NO EDU-CASSSUNNNN!!! hehehe... on a side-note, do u think those guys were wannabe Gujjus? *snigger*

mads - scaredy cat, scaredy cat! :-)

By Blogger livinghigh, at 10:43 AM  

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