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Happy as a mud lark came from where?


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2007-07-02 20:26:25
2007-07-02 20:26:25

I have two theories: A mudlark is a bird that could be found foraging on the banks of the River Thames in Victorian London, when the river was heavily polluted. Presumably they could have looked happy whilst foraging. A mudlark is also the name given to someone who works or spends time in mud, like a street urchin playing. As lark can also mean play as in "to lark about" this seems reasonable. We've all seen little boys who are happiest when getting themselves dirty. So maybe it is a parallel to the expression "happy as a pig in muck" There is some evidence that the bird was named after this definition of mudlark, rather than vice versa. I don't know if either are 100% true, but they do make sense

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The Japanese folk song from Aomori is all about the changing seasons and it's affect on the mud lark and the singing frog. Summer and Spring being times that are playful where they are happy and free. Winter being cold and full of ice takes a toll on their 'heaven' or environment. While Autumn's changing leaves lead them to realize their world is on 'fire' and winter is coming. The poem goes as follows: When summer comes, The paddy pools grow warm The mud lark and the singing frog Are happy, are happy Thinking they're in bath. When winter comes, The paddy pools are filmed with ice, The mud lark and the singing frog Must think their heaven has stretched Has stretched and grown above. When spring comes There's water in the paddy pools The mud lark and the singing frog Are happy, are happy Thinking they're in the sea. When autumn comes, The hills and dales turn red The mud lark and the singing frog Craning their necks above, Must think of the hills are on fire.

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Quite happy (hence the expression)


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