[lit-ideas] Re: With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 13:42:24 -0700

I was so pleased with this that I hie'd me off to the library bookstore to see if they had a Loeb or two. Alas, there was none.

David Ritchie
wondering whether today's weather is boys' weather in
Portland, Oregon

On Oct 31, 2007, at 4:17 AM, Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx wrote:

why on earth is shakespeare so interested in nonnies

hey nonnie nonnie
ho nonnie nonnie
come nonnie nonnie
sit nonnie nonnie
wag your aspirant tail nonnie nonnie

what was a nonnie anyway


Well, the OED provides some earlier quotes than Shakespeare. There's

1533 J. HEYWOOD JPlay of Wether sig. Diii,

          Gyue boys wether quoth a nonny nonny.

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