NATIONAL POP GOES THE WEASEL DAY June 14th 2016


 

National Pop Goes the Weasel Day June 14

NATIONAL POP GOES THE WEASEL DAY

June 14 is set aside to observe National Pop Goes the Weasel Day.  On this day people dig back into their memories to the nursery rhymes, they learned as children and celebrate the day singing “Pop Goes the Weasel.”

The origins of this nursery rhyme are believed to date back to the 1700s.

The original version went as such:

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
Up and down the City road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.   

“The Eagle” in the second verse may refer to The Eagle freehold pub which was once at the corner of Shepherdess Walk and City Road in London.  Its second life, in 1825, was as a music house. Then in 1901 it was demolished and rebuilt once more into a public house.  It bears a plaque with this version of “Pop Goes the Weasel” along with the history of the pub.

An alternative version:

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

This version is interpreted as the “weasel” being a shuttle or bobbin, as used by silk weavers, being pawned in a similar way as the suits or jackets owned by the Cockneys.

There are many different versions of this nursery rhyme, and they are all fun, with the same catchy tune.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalPopGoesTheWeaselDay to post on social media.

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