The rhyme never said Humpty Dumpty was an egg.

So I was on Grouchy Rabbit the other day when I found this in the “Realized” section. And I’ve been thinking about it for days, so today I decided to finally wiki it. And I did. 


The rhyme does not explicitly state that the subject is an egg, possibly because it may have been originally posed as a riddle.[1] The earliest known version is in a manuscript addition to a copy of Mother Goose‘s Melody published in 1803, which has the modern version with a different last line: “Could not set Humpty Dumpty up again”.[1] It was first published in 1810 in a version of Gammer Gurton’s Garland as:

Humpty Dumpty sate [sic] on a wall,
Humpti Dumpti [sic] had a great fall;
Threescore men and threescore more,
Cannot place Humpty dumpty as he was before.[3]

Gotta love copying and pasting. So fun. So original. So I am probably going to still be having nightmares about humpty dumpty being a mutt (ahem, THG reference) or some mythological creature. And I never liked that rhyme, so yeah, this is just a very random post because I’m bored. 

Why is a raven like a writing desk? 


Gosh that egg thing is creepy.