Katherine Donaldson (katharos) wrote,
Katherine Donaldson
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Nursery Rhymes as Coded Messages (Pirates!)

Well, I've read lots of debunking of Ring Around the Rosey as a message about the Black Plague, but here is a verified by Snopes history of Sing a Song of Sixpence as a recruiting song for Blackbeard the Pirate. How awesome is that?
Sing a song of sixpence, - he actually paid wages rather than operating on a loot divvy basis,
a pocket full of rye, - old school pockets were bags, and this one was a drinking bag full of whisky, a pocket of whiskey a day, excellent. It goes on from there.
http://www.snopes.com/lost/sixpence.htm

I've always loved this song, and now it is so much more awesome. Pirates!

[edit: But then you shouldn't trust anything you read on the internet.]
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