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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.
This little piggy stayed at home.



Sep. 27th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm with sollersuk 'Stayed at home', which I suspect means it depends how you say the rhyme whether the 'at' is required or not.

Sep. 27th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
When you put it that way - "home" and "none" have entirely different "o" sounds, so don't actually rhyme for me in the first place! (Leaving aside the n/m difference, of course.)
Sep. 27th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Or, indeed, how you pronounce 'home' (in my case without the 'h').

Thinking about it I actually say it as "This little piggy stayed a tome." Which gives rise to surreal literary images.