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Thread #101778   Message #2056850
Posted By: JohnInKansas
20-May-07 - 04:23 AM
Thread Name: Child #20 - what is Lindsay?
Subject: RE: Child #20 - what is Lindsay?
I've always read it as "linsey" and as a contraction for Linsey-woolsey.

The rose is "beauty and gentility" while "linsey-woolsey" is "course and common," in a number of literary usages.

Not that I've really thought a lot about the details in the songs where it pops up.