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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Rhyme

Posted November 14, 2011 to photo album "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Rhyme"

The nursery rhyme that is used in the title of the spy thriller TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY has its own backstory and mystery.

The Mystery of “Tinker, Tailor…”
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Pawn
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Singer
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Wife
AA Milne Picks up the Rhyme
Modern Tinkers and Tailors
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Wife

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Wife

By the 18th century, the list had grown into a nursery rhyme, with different variations emphasizing various uses. Often, it was used as a simple counting song, much like "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe." A later version served as a call-and-response game, often chanted by little girls as a way of imagining their matrimonial futures. One girl would call out the question, and the others would count out the responses.

Q: When shall I marry?
A: This year, next year, sometime, never.

Q: What will my husband be?
A: Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich-man, poor-man, beggar-man, thief.

Q: What will I be?
A: Lady, baby, gypsy, queen.

Q: What shall I wear?
A: Silk, satin, cotton, rags (or silk, satin, velvet, lace)

Q: How shall I get it?
A: Given, borrowed, bought, stolen.

Q: How shall I get to church?
A: Coach, carriage, wheelbarrow, cart.

Q: Where shall I live?
A: Big house, little house, pig-sty, barn.