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If you google "polly put the kettle on" you'll find several pages claiming
"Polly put the kettle on" was published in 1797. The origin of "Polly put the kettle on"  was based on the author having five children - two boys and three girls. There were constant arguments as the boys wanted to play soldiers and the girls wanted to play house! When the girls wanted to play without their brothers they would pretend to start a game of tea party "Polly put the kettle on" and the daughter, called Polly, would put the toy kettle on! As soon as the brothers left Sukey (or Susan) would take it off again! Their father was so amused by this ploy that he set it to words and added the music which were subsequently published.
or something to that effect. What gives?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:10:32 PM EST
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There is folklore, but no folk law.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:13:30 PM EST
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Was at a presentation by an eminent Historian talking about local history who produced  a pile of documents perporting to be the history of said nursery rhyme. the story she presented was that it was the story of an argument at a hose next door to a local pub. the landlady of the pub was asked to put the kettle on to calm the argument down however before the kettle had boiled the husband had killed the wife, and so the landlady asked one of her members of staff to take the kettle off as the wife was dead and it was all too late.  She showed how local documentation could illustrate details of local history in unexpected ways, the other part of the lecture  showed that the towns royal hotel, had never had queen Victoria stay there, and that Charles Dickens had hidden several miles away when he visited to cover a local election because the local kids were all robbers and the women were all prostitutes. So all of the good Burghers of the town who were present were less than impressed.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:21:01 PM EST
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