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
"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.