Irish Humour: PUT THE KETTLE ON!

Kettle

In Ireland years ago, when the workmen came to
do their jobs in one's home,
the very first thing they'd say was:

*Put the kettle on*, Missus!!

They would not do a tap without a pot of freshly brewed tea first!
Nowadays, they are far too busy – as in ‘time is money’ – to do that.

Aaaah, ‘times they do change.’

You have surely heard of the ‘Polly Put the Kettle on’
and here is the history behind this rhyme:

“Polly put the kettle on” was published in 1797.

The origin of “Polly put the kettle on” was based on the author having five children – two boys and three girls. There were constant arguments as the boys wanted to play soldiers and the girls wanted to play house!

When the girls wanted to play without their brothers they would
pretend to start a game of tea party

“Polly put the kettle on” and the daughter, called Polly,
would put the toy kettle on! As soon as the brothers
left Sukey (or Susan) would take it off again!

Their father was so amused by this ploy that he set it to words
and added the music which were subsequently published.

Tis for now. Rii xx