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According to the OED, humpty dumpty was originally an ale-and-brandy drink or slang for a short, clumsy person, either of which would explain the connection with falling off walls. Other theories suggest that Humpty Dumpty was the pet name of a Royalist cannon atop a church tower that was brought down by Roundhead fire, or a nickname for Richard III (humpbacked, who fell off his horse and was dismembered at the battle of Bosworth).
Pop Goes the Weasel
It is thought that a weasel was a tailor's flat iron, a hatter's tool or a "weasel and stoat" (rhyming slang for coat) which could be put in pop (pawned) when one's income had been frittered away on half-pounds of rice and treacle. Or it was a reference to James I, with rice and treacle slang terms for ingredients of the gunpowder used in the 1605 plot.
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Comment: Humpty Dumpty is a metaphorical tale.
Like, I go at it from the perspective of literary analysis -- social context, period context, and then it's a poem, so rhyme, meter, individual syllable meaning, repetition, symbolism, imagery, etc, etc, etc.
I think in that regard we take in our individual educations into it.
So for it to be purely type, you'd have to find people who don't have those educations to take in with them.
I think Humpty Dumpty was foolish and full of pride. He sat sat on a wall, where he would be the center of attention, knowing that everyone knows eggs shouln't sit precariously on walls. People oohed and ahhed as he wobbled one way and the other and excitement grew as it became obvious he was falling. Once that happened, he was exposed as the fool he was, everyone looked down on him and he lost the esteem of people who were important to him... "and stuff like that".
I respectfully disagree; because a woman wouldn't break so easily, not after just one fall. And all the kings horses and all the kings men would have scurried do her bidding afterward. But she didn't fall because a woman would not be as likely to climb up on a wall and show off.
But interesting point, Perseus.
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