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Alphabe Thursday N is for Nancy Etticote in a white petticote

August 21, 2014

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Little Nancy Etticoat,

With a white petticoat,

And a red nose;

She has no feet or hands,

The longer she stands

The shorter she grows.

The answer to this riddle which has been posed for at least three centuries, is a ‘lighted candle’.  Nancy Etticoat has been called Old Nancy Netty Cote, Netty Cote, Nanny Goat, and little Hetty Cote.

‘I have a little boy in a white cote the biger he is the leser he goes, is also known.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise permalink
    August 21, 2014 4:17 pm

    Cute riddle — apparently it took three centuries for me to hear of it!!

    • August 21, 2014 4:34 pm

      Hehehe .. and now 3 centuries to forget it … sadly these riddles don’t do it for our kids anymore … maybe not so sad

  2. August 22, 2014 1:45 am

    I remember this one. 🙂

  3. August 22, 2014 2:06 am

    Fun riddle…had not heard t before♪

  4. Karen S. permalink
    August 22, 2014 5:26 pm

    Nice, I do remember this!

  5. August 23, 2014 1:25 am

    I’m glad you gave the answer. The Husband came along and I read the poem to him. “I know what it is,” the know-it-all guy said. And, yeah, he did. 🙂
    The View from the Top of the Ladder
    Take 25 to Hollister

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