Sunday, 11 March 2012

Mondays with Crazy English

Georgie Porgie and the Three Musketeers 
Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

Georgie kissed the girls. Naughty. But why did he run away when the boys came out to play?

 

Have you taught your children the well-known rhyme "Georgie Porgie"? Of course, you have, but you probably omitted to mention that Georgie, the real character was quite naughty. According to Linda Alchin Georgie  is connected to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingnam (1592 - 1628), a man of suspect morals. Although his good looks appealed a lot to the ladies, it is believed that King James I took George as his lover. "Georgie' was notorious for his love affairs and political schemes. His behaviour and attitude was often overlooked due to his "friendship" with King James I. He was involved in many scandalous relationships with married queens and married ladies. One of them made him literature character for the second time. Alexandre Dumas featured George Villiers's romance with Anne of Austria in his novel "The Three Musketeers".
It seems there's a lot of murderous history behind English Children's Nursery Rhymes. Despite the murder, greed or betrayal in these poems, reciting these verse help children develop their pronunciation, intonations and vocabulary skills.

And one more example:

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