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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. 28th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
Wikipedia's "most common modern version" is the one I grew up with, as did all right-thinking English people. I note that their alternate version has the alternate wording, but also offers jam and bread in lieu of roast beef. There's probably a lesson in that.

I also note that - as suspected - the verse is English in origin, so we're right by definition. Harrumph.
Sep. 28th, 2012 08:38 am (UTC)
I've never come across the jam version. How very tame.