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It first appeared in print in , but it is reported that a version was already being sung to the current tune in the s and similar rhymes are known from across Europe. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of It is unknown what the earliest version of the rhyme was or when it began. Many incarnations of the game have a group of children form a ring, dance in a circle around a person, and stoop or curtsy with the final line. The slowest child to do so is faced with a penalty or becomes the "rosie" literally: rose tree, from the French rosier and takes their place in the center of the ring. Variations, corruptions, and vulgarized versions were noted to be in use long before the earliest printed publications. One such variation was dated to be in use in Connecticut in the s.
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One of the more fascinating parts of life is to realize that everything around us has a basis or a derivation, i. One of the more popular versions of this rhyme reads as follows:. Ring around the rosie, Pockets full of posies; Atischoo, atischoo, or, Ashes, ashes We all fall down. Two of the more well-known plagues that devastated the European area in the Middle Ages were the Black Death in the years , and the great London Plague of We may never know for sure. Several versions of the rhyme exist; however, most are interpreted to mean much the same thing. The bubonic plague, the most well-known type of the disease, was transmitted by the bite of a parasitic insect. Another form, pneumonic plague, was mostly transmitted by droplets sprayed by the mouth and nose of infected persons.
Many preschoolers around the world are taught the popular Ring Around the Rosie nursery rhyme. Many versions of the game involve singing the song and walking around in a circle with joined hands, and falling or curtseying at the very end. The most common American version of the rhyme usually goes something like this:. Ring-a-round the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes! We all fall down.