Posted by Henry on October 05, 2004
In Reply to: 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.