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Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme

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A fascinating and entertaining expose of the surprising stories behind well-known nursery rhymes. Was Little Jack Horner a squatter? Baa Baa Black ... Show synopsis

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Cliff

It's As British As It Gets

by Cliff on Sep 7, 2007

It?s As British As It Gets As children we all listened to the delightful Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. But as adults some of us learned that it might just be possible that the citizenry were simply using nursery rhymes to convey the current gossip in a manner that would avoid the executioner?s axe in jolly Old England. The author of this tome, Chris Roberts, is pure Brit and brings to the reader those niceties of language that we expect from the British. His book reveals the reasons behind the rhymes in a succinct manner, which allows the reader to grasp each rhyme individually. Thus, you can read one or more rhymes or gulp the whole book at once ? its size being convenient for a lady?s purse or a gentleman?s sport jacket pocket. Fortunately, Roberts also provides a glossary of terms used in both the rhymes and his analysis, which an American reader might not be familiar with. But a word of caution is appropriate here. While the nursery rhymes are for the ears of all ages, some of the explanations of their reasons are perforce for adults only. This is an entertaining book, which definitely proves that the Americans and British are a people divided by a common language.

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