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Re: Ring around the roses

Posted by ESC on August 11, 2003

In Reply to: Ring around the roses posted by richard on August 10, 2003

: I believe it is "atishoo, atishoo
: we all fall down"
: because as I understand it there was sneezing associated with the plague which was the last cycle before death, though what one would be doing dancing at this point is a little bewildering; poetic licence I suppose

snopes.com says:

"Ring Around the Rosie" is simply a nursery rhyme of indefinite origin and no specific meaning, and someone, long after the fact, concocted an inventive "explanation" for its creation.

http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/rosie.htm