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Originally posted by jeeze louise
Jack and Jill and going up the hill (and broke her crown) is supposed to be about Jill losing her virginity
Originally posted by Gryffen
ring a ring or roses - the marks or lesions u got from the black death
pocket full of poses - flowers to keep the smell of dead bodies away
a tissue a tissue - first symptoms of the plague are cold like
we all fall down - dead
Although folklorists have been collecting and setting down in print bits of oral tradition such as nursery rhymes and fairy tales for hundreds of years, the earliest print appearance of "Ring Around the Rosie" did not occur until the publication of Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose or The Old Nursery Rhymes in 1881. For the "plague" explanation of "Ring Around the Rosie" to be true, we have to believe that children were reciting this nursery rhyme continuously for over five centuries, yet not one person in that five hundred year span found it popular enough to merit writing it down. (How anyone could credibly assert that a rhyme which didn't appear in print until 1881 actually "began about 1347" is a mystery. If the rhyme were really this old, then "Ring Around the Rosie" antedates even Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and therefore we would have examples of this rhyme in Middle English as well as Modern English forms.)