Posted by James Briggs on May 14, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Cow over the moon. posted by Barney on May 14, 2002
: : I recently came across this phrase - 'And the cow jumped over the moon'. What does this mean?
: If I were to use it - which I never have - I'd use it to express disbelief,
It's part of an old nursery rhyme -
'Hey Diddle, Diddle, the cat and the Fiddle, the Cow jumped over the Moon. The little Dog laughed to see such fun, and the Cat ran away with the spoon'
It's very old, but I don't know its background. Clearly, however, a bit of a fantasy.