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Old 03 October 2015, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker View Post
Wasn't Humpty Dumpty supposed to be a riddle? That is, you were supposed to guess what he was? In my mind, that would explain why the nursery rhyme doesn't mention he's an egg.

Correct. It is one of those rhyming riddles, but the solution is now so well-known (as it has been since Tudor times) that the riddle part is now omitted and it exists only as a nursery rhyme. (See Iona and Peter Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, Oxford University Press)
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