• It would be hard to say the source of that particular nursery rhyme. The traditional nursery rhymes came about as a form of "protest" at times when governments were oppressive, it wasn't safe to speak out about injustices. Over time, the rhymes morphed to be used for different social or political situations. This is the reason that so many nursery rhymes have a dark side.
  • A "weasel" is Cockney rhyming slang, "weasel & stoat": coat. To "pop" something was to pawn it, so "pop goes the weasel" was to pawn one's coat to get some money until payday. Another possible explaination is that a weasel was a machine used by weavers to measure yarn that made a "pop" sound when the required amount was run off.
    • bostjan64
      Rhyming slang is just chicken jalfrezi.
    • Professor Yaffle

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