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What does the "Ring around the Rosy" rhyme REALLY mean? You'd be surprised!

  Author:  42259  Category:(Interesting) Created:(8/21/2003 12:51:00 PM)
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This seemingly innocent children's rhyme actually refers to the plague! It was made up in the late 1400's during the Black PLague.

"Ring around the Rosy" refers to the rash a person gets at the begining.

"A pocketful of posies" People believed that if you carried flowers around and inhlaed their scent when you go out that you were less likely to get the plague.

"Ashes,ashes" Was originally " Atchoo,atchoo," -sneezing being one of the symptoms.

"We all fall down" After you get these symptoms there is nothing left to do but- fall down.

How it changed my life:

Puts a sort of sinister spin on it doesn't it?

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Date: 8/21/2003 12:58:00 PM  From Authorid: 33573    Yeah I heard about this in school along time ago ... wierd huh?  
Date: 8/21/2003 1:01:00 PM  From Authorid: 62222    Yeah, I lot of children's songs are actually quite creepy if you find their background story.<regretfulhalo  
Date: 8/21/2003 1:02:00 PM  From Authorid: 16845    yep morbid nursery rhyme eh? hehe  
Date: 8/21/2003 1:10:00 PM  From Authorid: 43608    Yah, i've heard this.  
Date: 8/21/2003 1:21:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 42259    Definitely morbid. Volleygirl, they taught you this in school? We never learnt aynthing interesting!  
Date: 8/21/2003 2:18:00 PM  From Authorid: 36901    It's not true. http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/rosie.htm  
Date: 8/21/2003 2:37:00 PM  From Authorid: 28848    Yep, I knew this...pretty creepy huh? Try some of Aesops Fables and Brother's Grimm Fairy tales..lol.  
Date: 8/21/2003 2:38:00 PM  From Authorid: 28848    Really Apryl? I didn't know that..oh well. LoL..I guess I fell for that one...  
Date: 8/21/2003 2:39:00 PM  From Authorid: 36901    Don't feel bad. I did too for the longest. I was bored one night and looking around on snopes.com and found it.  
Date: 8/21/2003 2:59:00 PM  From Authorid: 33573    No! Lol ... the teachers never said anything about it I just heard around from kids my age ... who knows how they found out!  
Date: 8/21/2003 3:23:00 PM  From Authorid: 53013    Wow that's kind of creepy...  
Date: 8/21/2003 4:35:00 PM  From Authorid: 31255    I think thats a bit interesting, but it almost makes sense... The song comes from England just like another childhood song London Bridge's falling down  
Date: 8/22/2003 2:39:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 42259    Hmm. I heard this on the History Channel. You'd think they would only present fact and not speculation.  
Date: 8/22/2003 2:44:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 42259    I still think this way makes more sense though   
Date: 8/22/2003 3:52:00 AM  From Authorid: 26452    It is true actually, I asked a few teachers about it, so I dunno where snopes got their info..I did hear it in a bit of a different version though.  
Date: 8/22/2003 12:09:00 PM  From Authorid: 13546    It does put a sinister spin on it.. there are so many dark meanings behind childhood stories and songs.. kind of creepy if you look into it!  
Date: 8/26/2003 6:07:00 AM  From Authorid: 60162    Yup Yup, knew that....so does "Hickory Dickory Dock" The mice running up and down symbol the plague also!  
Date: 8/29/2003 2:37:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 42259    Lol no why would it?  

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