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What is "ring around the rosie" about?

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rochellecole

Asked by rochellecole at 8:12 PM on Mar. 9, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • let me look it up it's actually pretty dark...
    Steff107

    Answer by Steff107 at 8:14 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • I was taught in school that it's about the black plague.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 8:16 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

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    The words to the Ring around the rosy children's ring game have their origin in English history . The historical period dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665 (bubonic plague) or even before when the first outbreak of the Plague hit England in the 1300's. The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin (Ring around the rosy). Pockets and pouches were filled with sweet smelling herbs ( or posies) which were carried due to the belief that the disease was transmitted by bad smells. The term "Ashes Ashes" refers to the cremation of the dead bodies! The death rate was over 60% and the plague was only halted by the Great Fire of London in 1666 which killed the rats which carried the disease which was transmitting via water sources. The English version of "Ring around the rosy" replaces Ashes with (A-tishoo, A-tishoo) as violent sneezing was another symptom.
    Steff107

    Answer by Steff107 at 8:16 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • Google it
    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 8:17 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • the plague
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:17 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • Well if it is about the plague why is it a childrens song?? Kinda scary to me!
    rochellecole

    Answer by rochellecole at 8:20 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • have you read grimms fairy tales? Cinderella? The sister cut off her big to so it would fit in the glass slipper. It's a really old song.
    Steff107

    Answer by Steff107 at 8:22 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • steff107 is right on the mark...samethings about london bridge is falling down... hmmm theres another one i cant think of right now...great its gonna bug me all night.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • if you ever noticed most rhymes are very "dark" take for example the women who lives in a shoe..she whips her children then sends them to bed.. the one about little miss muffet is about a black widow coming to kill her... i took a writing class in college and my proff. made us do a paper on them. there all very dark.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • Rochelle ALOT of children's stories and songs are grimm like this. Think of lyrics to alot of them and you'll find historic background to them.
    MamaChamp

    Answer by MamaChamp at 8:40 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

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