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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 10:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely stayed at home. This little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none...

And this little piggy went "wee, wee, wee"

All the way home.

How could it be anything else?

But then some damned Colonials don't sing "Ring a ring a rosie"...
Sep. 27th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
To what degree do "home" and "none" rhyme for you, vowel-wise?
Sep. 28th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ring a ring o' roses, surely? :)

I, with my south-east England upbringing, have only ever heard the "stayed at" variant, and while it doesn't surprise me the US version omits the preposition, I hadn't considered there might be regional variations here. Interesting.