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Knots not nuts

Posted by Henry on October 05, 2004

In Reply to: Re: NUTS IN MAY/ COLD AND FROSTY posted by Harrowarrow on October 05, 2004

: : : Can anybody help with derivation of this expression; used in the childrens song "Here we go gathering nuts in May, nuts in May, nuts in May"
: : : In the northern hemisphere at least, one would expect to gather nuts in May; rather in the autumn or winter!

: : 'Here we go gathering nuts in May
: : On a cold and frosty morning!'
: : I remember it from my childhood in Ireland but have not heard it in years. Did you mean one would 'not' expect to gather nuts in May?

:
: Thanks !! You are exactly right; I did nmean to write " not in May". Simply careless -- again!!

It's apparently a corruption of "knots in May", bunches of flowers.