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    Question meaning of this nersery rhyme

    Handy, Spandy, Jack- a- Dandy, Loves plum cake and sugar candy; He bought some at a grocer’ s shop,And out he came, hop, hop, hop.

    Intery, mintery, cuttery, corn, Apple seed and apple thorn. If we don’ t start home now, We won’ t reach there till morn.”

    Rab, reb, rib, rob, rub, Three little men in a tub. A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, Rab, reb, rib, rob, rub.

    please, what does it mean in the first part of these sentences?
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    Re: meaning of this nersery rhyme

    First of all, it's not nersery, it's nursery.

    Many if not most nursery rhymes were political satire when they were written, and one has to be a scholar of history in order to interpret them. This is a non-scholarly response.

    Handy, Spandy, Jack- a- Dandy is a series of nicknames. The use of the third person singular verb shows that it applies to one person.

    Intery, mintery, cuttery, corn, is inserted purely for the sake of poetic metre. Only "corn" is a real word.

    Rab, reb, rib, rob, rub. Again probably there just for the poetry. The sequence of all the vowels might be intended to show that the passage covers all the possibilities including "rob" , but that's a bit of a stretch.

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