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Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?

Tiger 18 Dec 14 - 08:18 AM
G-Force 18 Dec 14 - 08:34 AM
MGM·Lion 18 Dec 14 - 09:51 AM
Lighter 18 Dec 14 - 09:56 AM
MGM·Lion 18 Dec 14 - 10:02 AM
Lighter 18 Dec 14 - 10:19 AM
Brian Peters 18 Dec 14 - 10:26 AM
GUEST,leeneia 18 Dec 14 - 11:32 AM
Steve Gardham 18 Dec 14 - 02:54 PM
GUEST,leeneia 19 Dec 14 - 10:55 AM
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Subject: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: Tiger
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 08:18 AM

I know she's in The Fox" but where does the name come from?

Common jargon? Just a nonsensical made-up name?

Or, is there more to it? Like, perhaps, a parody of some person.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: G-Force
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 08:34 AM

Probably refers to the bosoms of a lady getting up in the night in just a nightgown.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 09:51 AM

Flopping round the house in loose slippers is the image I always get. Some versions give "Slipper-Slopper" instead, I believe.

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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: Lighter
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 09:56 AM

But it isn't that kind of song.

Earlier versions have "Old Mother Widdle Waddle."

If they mean anything, both names imply a clumsy or noisy gait.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 10:02 AM

In Joseph Ritson's Gammer Gurton's Garland (1810), the song is recorded under the name "Dame Widdle Waddle":

    "Old Mother Widdle Waddle jumpt out of bed"

The YT version on So Cheerfully Round calls her Slipper-Slopper -- or possibly Slibber-Slobber[?]


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: Lighter
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 10:19 AM

Is she wearing flip-flops?

"Kids today" may think so.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 10:26 AM

I always assumed she was an inconsistent politician.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 11:32 AM

I assume her husband was German and her name resembles Aschenbrenner or Hinterstocker, just two German names I know of that have that form.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 18 Dec 14 - 02:54 PM

Ask Gammer Gurton. 9 times out of ten these nonsense pieces of alliteration are just that, nonsense!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Old mother flipper-flopper?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 19 Dec 14 - 10:55 AM

I agree, actually. It's pure fun to sing 'old Mother Flipperflopper.'


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