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Snips and snails

Posted by R. Berg on March 09, 2006

In Reply to: Snips and snails and puppy dogs tails posted by pamela on March 09, 2006

: : I am trying to find the origin of the expression "snips and snails and puppy dogs tails" as part of a research project on gender stereotyping, I am not able to access either of the entries that should be accessible from the home page.

: : I am also researching the origin of the nursery rhyme "What Are Little Girls./Boys Made Of?" for a school project on gender stereotyping. So if anyone can give me the name of a book or a website address, I will be grateful. Thanks, from the SW corner of British Columbia, Canada

: I always thought it was "Snakes and snails .." (what is a snip??) but I've found a reference to "frogs and snails" at: http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear/limerick/limerick.html%20which%20has%20a%20paper%20on%20the%20workds%20of%20Robert%20Southey%20with%20some%20references%20to%20books.%20Pamela

In Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, it's "snips." Try Googling "Mother Goose"; sites with information about the origin should come up.