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A Candle (Little Nanny Etticote)


Little Nanny Etticoat
In a white petticoat,
And a red nose;
The longer she stands
The shorter she grows.

Little Nanny Etticote (A Candle) - History, Origin or Meaning of Lyrics

This nursery rhyme based on a petticoat, a ladies undergarment with lace trimmings popularly worn in the 1950’s, is actually an Old English riddle where the red nose is the flame, and the petticoat is a candle - the answer to the riddle. Like in many other countries, people used riddles based on actual things, people and events to entertain themselves.

Some more nursery rhymes to enjoy

London's burning


London's burning, London's burning.
Fetch the engines, fetch the engines.
Fire fire, Fire Fire!
Pour on water, pour on water.


London's Burning - History, Origin or Meaning of Lyrics

This Nursery Rhymes origin is believed to be based upon a classic song about the infamous fire of London in 1666. The whole of London was burning, which started in a bakery in pudding lane. It is believed that the fire was caused by Papists or the Dutch.

Origins of Nursery Rhyme Lyrics and Words

Nursery Rhyme lyrics have many different origins and meanings. In most cases the meanings behind nursery rhyme lyrics cannot be verified. A few examples of some more well know nursery rhyme lyrics and their possible meanings are; ‘Baa, Baa, Black sheep’ was thought to originate from the medieval taxes, ‘Humpty Dumpty’ was thought to be a cannon used in the English civil war and ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ was thought to be related to the burial of children in foundations or Vikings burning wooden bridges. Whatever the meaning behind Nursery Rhyme Lyrics we have enjoyed them in our own childhood along with sharing them with our own children (and it is amazing after many years how quickly the Lyrics to nursery rhymes can still be remembered).


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About Nursery Rhymes

 Nursery Rhymes

A nursery rhyme is a traditional song or poem taught to young children, originally in the nursery. Learning nursery rhymes lyrics assists in the development of vocabulary and in some cases basic counting skills. It also introduces children to enjoy music. Often actions, movement or dances are associated with these nursery rhymes and children songs.

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