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Thread #34525 Message #1908943
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
13-Dec-06 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
All of these phrases are in very simple songs or games, and many of the rhymes obvious;the source need not be unitary, but the result of independent invention.
It would take much detective work to demonstrate a relationship between some of them, even if pieces needed to show continuity were not missing.
If a parent, knowing Burns, referred to his daughter as 'pretty pink,' and in the playground the girl substituted that for 'pretty little miss' in order for it to rhyme with 'stink' (or whatever), should that be regarded as a survival?
The ubiquity of Mother Goose- and Lavender's Blue- type books must also be regarded as a contributing factor.