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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Why Do We Say It?

Pop Goes the Weasel. 
Where do we get the expression "Pop goes the Weasel"?

When you sing:
'That's the way the money goes;
Pop goes the weasel. . . "
you're referring to the opening and shutting of a pocketbook. "Weasel" or "weaselskin" was a popular slang name for a "pocketbook" when the verse was written.
(Why Do We Say It? pg 192)

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