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Pop Goes the Weasel


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Pop Goes the Weasel
   has the line   
"Half a Pound of Treacle"
Pop Goes the Weasel
   possibly originated from   
Pawning One's Coat or Iron
Workers would pawn an object when they ran short of money for food near the end of the week. A weasel could be a flat iron or 'weasel and stoat' is Cockney rhyming slang for "coat"
Pop Goes the Weasel
   possibly originated from   
A Spinner's Machine
The "weasel" may refer to a spinner's weasel, a yarn measuring device consisting of a spoked wheel with an internal ratcheting mechanism that makes a "pop" sound after the desired length of yarn is measured. "Pop goes the weasel", describes the repetitive sound of a machine governing the tedious work of textile workers toiling for subsistence wages. The first 3 lines of each verse describe various ways of spending one's meager wages, with "pop goes the weasel" indicating a return to unpleasant labour.






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