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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 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.