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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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andromakie
Sep. 30th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Was definitely "stayed home" in Canada in the 70s. I've never heard it any other way. On the other hand, I've heard both "this little piggy ate roast beef" and "this little piggy had roast beef".