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Answered 2010-06-16 06:17:05

It's "one, two, three" in some pre-Goidelic language. INDEED it is NOT!

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Hickory Dickory Dock doesn't mean anything cheerful and happy, it means something miserable I think, but I'm not sure what it is. It has a meaning in the same sense as Ring Around the Rosy -- "Ring around the rosy," at the time the song was made, people had a plague where they developed rosy rings. "Pocket full of posies," they kept flowers in their pockets to keep away the stench of death. "Ashes, ashes, we all fall down." They're burned to ashes when they die, and falling down is saying that they 'fall' into ashes. Anyway, Hickory Dickory Dock has the same brutal meaning, but im not sure what it is.

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Rubbish to both of those..

Hickory Dickory Dock, is the Anglicisation of 8,9,10 in Cumbric ( North West England- the lake district) and devolved from the ancient Gaelic.. It was a language used by shepherds for their daily sheep count.

there are many versions of the language from different parts of the UK, but Hickory Dickory Dock is beleived to come from the Borrowdale dialect , hovera, dovera, dick (8,9,10)

1- Yan

2-Tyan

3-Tethera

4-Methera

5 -pimp

6-sethera

7-lethera

8-hovera

9- dovera

10-dick

here are some of the other dialects from the Lake district

Cumbria, Cumberland, and WestmorlandNumberConistonBorrowdaleEskdaleWestmorland1YanYanYaenaYan2TaenTyanTaenaTahn3TedderteTetheraTedderaTeddera4MedderteMetheraMedderaMeddera5PimpPimpPimpPimp6HaataSetheraHofaSettera7SlaataLetheraLofaLettera8LowraHoveraSeckeraHovera9DowraDoveraLeckeraDovera10DickDickDecDick
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