Strange Childhood Rhymes


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Are there any type of rhymes, nursery or other, that sound weird when you think about them now?

Like when I was younger, I used to say this prayer before bed;

"As I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the lord my soul to keep.
If I pass before I wake,
I pray the lord my soul to take."

This didn't sound unusual at all when I was younger, but now it sounds sort of strange..


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Step on a crack and break your mothers back, haha. I remember when I was little, all of us when I was in 2nd and 3rd grade refused to step on the cracks.


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All the old nursery rhymes have meaning behind them. Like Iris said about "ring a ring 'o rosies".
I find this one strange:
Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Hey diddle diddle is a fantasy rhyme designed to delight children with impossible images such "the Cow jumped over the Moon"! Walt Disney's team of animators use this type of imagery in animated films to great effect! The term ' Hey diddle diddle' can be found in the works of Shakespeare and was a colloquialism used in much the same vein as "hey nonny no" which can be found in traditional English folk ballads. The original title was 'High Diddle Diddle' but this has been altered to 'Hey Diddle Diddle' over the years with changes to the English language. The first known date of publication for the words of the Hey diddle diddle rhyme is 1765.
This is a very interesting read: Secret History of the Nursery Rhyme