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What are the posies for, in the nursery rhyme,"Ring around the Rosie?"

Cappy 2009/07/10 09:11:28
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This is not a nursery rhyme that any child should sing during a playtime game. Tragic is putting it mildly.
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  • DarlingClarissa 2009/07/10 13:46:54
    They are really for... .
    DarlingClarissa
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    ---"Ring around the Rosie"--refers to a red mark, supposedly the first sign of the plague
    ---"A pocket full of posies"-- refers to sachets of herbs carried to ward off infection
    ---"Ashes, ashes" --either a reference to the cremation of plague victims or to the words said in the funeral Mass..."Ashes to ashes, dust to dust." Sometimes line three is rendered as "Atischoo, atischoo"--sneezing, another sign of infection.
    ---"We all fall down." -- The Plague was not selective in its victims; both rich and poor, young and old, succumbed.

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  • Will 2009/07/10 16:07:30
    They are really for... .
    Will
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    Clarissa has answered correctly and as I would have.
  • DarlingClarissa 2009/07/10 13:46:54
    They are really for... .
    DarlingClarissa
    +3
    ---"Ring around the Rosie"--refers to a red mark, supposedly the first sign of the plague
    ---"A pocket full of posies"-- refers to sachets of herbs carried to ward off infection
    ---"Ashes, ashes" --either a reference to the cremation of plague victims or to the words said in the funeral Mass..."Ashes to ashes, dust to dust." Sometimes line three is rendered as "Atischoo, atischoo"--sneezing, another sign of infection.
    ---"We all fall down." -- The Plague was not selective in its victims; both rich and poor, young and old, succumbed.
  • Will Darling... 2009/07/10 16:06:53
    Will
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    You are correct and thus my response is unnecessary. Thank you and good job!
  • Darling... Will 2009/07/10 16:08:38
    DarlingClarissa
    +2
    I Cheated.... ;)
  • Will Darling... 2009/07/10 16:12:48
    Will
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    I didn't, but your source is correct.
  • Darling... Will 2009/07/10 16:17:02
    DarlingClarissa
    +2
    I learned about this years ago but couldn't remember exactly what it meant.
  • Will Darling... 2009/07/10 16:19:54
    Will
    +2
    I seem to hang on to bizarre facts. This was one of them.
  • Darling... Will 2009/07/10 16:20:33 (edited)
    DarlingClarissa
    +2
    It's history- so it's okay.
  • Zuggi 2009/07/10 12:41:12
    Popourri, no just kidding, they are ... .
    Zuggi
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    Posies were to avoid the plague and get rid of the smell.

    popourri kidding posies avoid plague rid smell

    This bird mask would be filled with dried flowers.
  • Cappy Zuggi 2009/07/10 13:43:46 (edited)
    Cappy
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    Thank you! Your answer, filled with true knowledge, needs to be pubished to erradicate ignorance! answer filled true pubished erradicate ignorance
  • Will Zuggi 2009/07/10 16:21:55
    Will
    +1
    It was also worn by the physicians as they believed it was the "foul airs" that caused the plague. (No one even thought about the rats.)
  • Zuggi Will 2009/07/11 01:05:37
    Zuggi
    +2
    Well, the pneumonic plague was airborne, but that was a little later.
  • Sparky066 2009/07/10 11:32:11
    They are really for... .
    Sparky066
    +2
    the ring around the sore of the plague
  • Cappy Sparky066 2009/07/10 13:43:42 (edited)
    Cappy
    +1
    Thank you! It is important to let parents know what it really is when they see their children mimic what was passed on without any common sense. important parents children mimic passed common
  • evil_sarah 2009/07/10 10:36:54 (edited)
    They are really for... .
    evil_sarah
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    They thought a pocket full of posies stopped the plague but they didn't. They were also carried to get rid of the smell of death.
  • Cappy evil_sarah 2009/07/10 13:43:38 (edited)
    Cappy
    +1
    Thank you! Your effort to state this in such great detail is very much appreciated. effort appreciated
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2009/07/10 09:52:35 (edited)
    They are really for... .
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    +1
    It's "Ring a Ring o' Roses" depending on region and the Posies are another name for flowers....

    Didn't you ever learn that word?

    ring ring roses depending region posies flowers learn
  • Cappy Hula gi... 2009/07/10 13:46:32 (edited)
    Cappy
    +1
    Perhaps you would do well to learn BEFORE you criticize others. Read the other replies, full of new information for you! And, to what word are you referring? You used a lot of them here! Mostly two syllable words, but hey, who is counting? learn criticize read replies information referring syllable hey counting
  • Hula gi... Cappy 2009/07/10 18:59:23 (edited)
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    +1
    My answer is the same....posies are still flowers. They were then and still are now.
    Same reason that Brides carry flowers at weddings.
  • Sasssy 2009/07/10 09:44:19
    They are really for... .
    Sasssy
  • Cappy Sasssy 2009/07/10 13:47:56
    Cappy
    +2
    Is 3:00 a.m. (my time) just a tad early for you? What answer did you give? 300 tad answer
  • Speechless 2009/07/10 09:15:58
    I don't know, it could be that they are... .
    Speechless
  • Cappy Speechless 2009/07/10 13:52:59
    Cappy
    +1
    They were....

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