Posted by Masakim on January 03, 2002
In Reply to: Ring the other one posted by R. Berg on January 03, 2002
: : Any help with the derivation of "Ring the other one it's got bells on". Anything to do with the women's fashion of wearing bells in their garters during the Twenties & Thirties?
: From Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases":
the other one, it's got bells on it!', occ. prec. by 'now'. 'A rejoinder to a
fanciful statement or a tall story. "We don't believe it. Pull the other leg,
it has bells on it"' (Granville, 1969).
: Frank Shaw attributed it to the 1920s. . . .
: Presumably from pictures of court jesters, wearing cap and bells."
Does it have something to do with the following nursery rhyme?
Ride a cock-horse
to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music whenever she goes.
--Gammer Gurton's Garland, 1784.