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Piggy with a house

For my own edification in the ways of foreign childrens' songs, I went to the local library baby and toddler singalong today. Fifty percent of the songs were unfamiliar to me. For another quarter, I knew the words, but not the tunes to which they were being sung.

And then there were moments like this, when what is probably - I hypothesize - a usual British Englishism I've been hearing for years stood out like a metaphorical sore thumb in what was an otherwise familiar sequence.

Where did the piggy stay?

This little piggy stayed home.
61(56.5%)
This little piggy stayed at home.
47(43.5%)

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retsuko
Sep. 27th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I personally think if you add the "at", it throws off the rhythm of the rhyme, but that could just be the way I say it.

(I also routinely make up variations where this little piggy went out for sushi, this little piggy had roast beef, etc. etc.)
saffenn
Sep. 28th, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
I agree on the rhythm (having primarily studied poetry as a creative writing undergrad). But, I am willing to concede that I may have a built in bias, since the omitted "at" is the way I learned it.