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Thread #123908   Message #2733146
Posted By: Monique
28-Sep-09 - 09:59 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Do-do (Spanish lullaby) 'Little shoes...'
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Do-do (Spanish lullaby) 'Little shoes...'
"dodo" is French baby talk for "sleep", "le dodo" = "the dodo" means "the bed" e.g. "Je vais au dodo" = "I'm going to bed" and "faire dodo" (lit. "to do dodo") means "to sleep" Cf. "Fais dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère", "Dodo, l'enfant do". Moms lull their babies to sleep chanting "dodo, dodo do" the same way as Spanish speaking moms would chant "arrurú"/"arroró", English speaking moms would chant "lullaby" etc
The Dictionnaire historique de la langue française (Historical Dictionary of the French Language) gives it to go back as early as 1465 and to be based on the onomatopoeic root "dod-" expressing swinging with a probable influence of the beginning of "dormir" = to sleep, "dors!" = "sleep!"
The form "faire dodo" has first been attested in Charles d'Orléans's works (1394 - 1465)