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This Old Man He Played One

Posted by ESC on September 18, 2000

In Reply to: This Old Man He Played One posted by Bruce Kahl on September 18, 2000

: : : I'm interested in nursery rhymes and children's songs. Is there anyone who explain knick-knack paddywhack or nick-nack pattywack? Thank you in advance.

: I just re-read your note.
: My answer above is probably not needed since you asked for an explanation of your phrase not the origin. Sorry bout that!
: It seems like rhyming child-like jibberish--maybe connected someway to pattycake?

I couldn't find "paddywhack" in my references. But don't birthday boys and girls get "paddywhacks" on their birth date? One smack on the bottom for each year. (A strange custom.)