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Origins: Pompalerie Jig

Tradsinger 20 Aug 09 - 05:48 PM
Leadfingers 20 Aug 09 - 06:46 PM
trayton 21 Aug 09 - 03:49 AM
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Subject: Origins: Pompalerie Jig
From: Tradsinger
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 05:48 PM

One of Ray Driscoll's old songs was 'Pompalerie Jig, an Irish song learnt by him in Wigan. In the song, the 'Pompalerie Jig' of the British Army defeats Napoleon at Waterloo, so it seems to mean 'swagger' or 'bravado'. The only reference I have to the phrase Pompalerie Jig, thanks to Mudcatter Malcolm Austen, is a Scottish children's rhyme which goes

Zeenty, teenty, feggerie fell,
Pompaleerie jig.
Every man who has no hair
Generally wears a wig.

Not much clue there then as to where the phrase comes from. Does anyone have any light to shed on the origins of the phrase?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Pompalerie Jig
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 06:46 PM

Malcolm sang this tonight at Maidenhead !

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Subject: RE: Origins: Pompalerie Jig
From: trayton
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 03:49 AM

A comment from moira (flyingcat) suggested this connection to wig,
Madame De Pompadour?

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