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Mulberry Mashup

Three stages of mulberriness:

1. yellow

2. red

3. purple



Pleasant to eat and an abundant bounty for birds underneath most fruiting mulberries.


'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush' (or simply 'Mulberry Bush') is an English language nursery rhyme and singing game. . .


The most common modern version of the rhyme is:


Here we go round the mulberry bush,

The mulberry bush,

The mulberry bush.

Here we go round the mulberry bush

On a cold and frosty morning. [ or early __ morning] . . .


The rhyme is first recorded as a children's game by James Orchard Halliwell in the mid-nineteenth century. He also noted that there was a similar game with the lyrics 'Here we go round the bramble bush'. Some commentators believe that the bramble bush was the earlier version, and perhaps changed because of the difficulty of articulating the alliteration, not least because mulberries do not grow on bushes.


Halliwell noted that subsequent verses included: 'This is the way we wash our clothes', 'This is the way we dry our clothes', 'This is the way we mend our shoes', 'This is the way the gentlemen walk' and 'This is the way the ladies walk'.


The song and associated game is traditional, and has parallels in the Scandinavian languages and in Dutch (although the mulberry bush is replaced by a juniper bush in Scandinavia).


This fruit is sometimes combined with either cherries or rhubarb in pies. It can also be used in red, white, and blue desserts.


"Moraceae — often called the mulberry family or fig family — is a family of flowering plants comprising about 40 genera and over 1000 species." wikipedia



"According to the Oxford English Dictionary (a fine reference for etymology) the "mul-" in "mulberry" comes from the latin "mor-us", which means, oddly enough, "mulberry tree." The word is retained in the scientific name for mulberry tree, which is of the genus Morus.


Similarly, the "cran-" in "cranberry" comes from "crane", and never appears anywhere except "cranberry". In fact, the usual technical term for morphemes of this type, which only occur in frozen forms, is "cranberry morph".


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Taken on May 10, 2010