Question by  lldevil02 (35)

What is the origin of "Ring around the rosies"?

Why did they keep a "pocket full of posies"?


Answer by  venomouskiss819 (7)

Common belief is that the rhyme "Ring around the rosies" described the symptoms of the Black Plague during the outbreak in Europe. The "ring around the rosies" refers to a rose-colored rash, and the pocket full of "posies" were flowers kept to block out the scent of death and decay.


Answer by  rhelms10 (310)

Some believe that the song originated with the Great Death in London, referring to the red cheeks of the sick. The pocket full of posies refers to herbs used as medicine for the sick. Ashes, ashes we all fall down, refers to the sick dying and being cremated to prevent further spread of the sickness.

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