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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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inamac
Sep. 27th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
And I know it as 'stayed at home' - which suggests that it may be a regional rather than an age variation (me being London and you being Yorkshire).
heleninwales
Sep. 28th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
But I grew up in Manchester and it was definitely "stayed at home". Unless there's an east/west Pennines difference.