Hello my friends. Well it soon comes round to the end of the week so it’s time for the first Friday Fun blog of the year. To celebrate our Baby Shower extravaganza I thought I would share with you a couple of facts about nursery rhymes. With 20% off you will get an entire baby shower with games, prizes, quizzes, plates, cups, napkins, decorations, balloons, invites, candles, recipe ideas, music and loads more for only £8 per head.
Humpty Dumpty was first printed in 1810. At the time, a humpty dumpty was a clumsy person, so the nursery rhyme was meant as a riddle. It doesn’t actually state that Humpty Dumpty is an egg, so the aim of the reader was to guess what he really was. Of course everybody now knows that he is an egg. There is speculation that the nursery rhyme had an underlying meaning – in which Humpty Dumpty represented King Richard III of England and the wall his horse. Others have suggested that it refers to the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey at the hand of King Henry VIII.
Sing a song of sixpence dates back to at least the eighteenth century. In the original, the tale ends with a blackbird pecking off the nose of the maid in the garden; in the mid-nineteenth century this was sanitized with the addition of a final verse in which a doctor sews it back on. While interpretations vary wildly, the four and twenty blackbirds are most likely simply a reference to a common practice in the sixteenth-century in which large pies were baked then filled with live birds which would escape when the pie was cut. This stems from the fact that a meal was meant not just as nourishment, but entertainment.