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NATIONAL POP GOES THE WEASEL DAY 0 June 14

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 1700′s.

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.   

In the second verse, it is believed that “The Eagle” refers to The Eagle free hold pub at the corner of Shepherdess Walk and City Road.  The Eagle was an old pub in City Road London.  In 1825 it was rebuilt into a music hall, demolished in 1901 and rebuilt as a public house.   This public house bears a plaque with this interpretation of “Pop Goes the Weasel” and 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 was as the suits or jackets owned by the Cockneys.

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

NATIONAL POP GOES THE WEASEL DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Pop Goes the Weasel Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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