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Where did paddy cake come from?

Asked by Trance24 (3311points) January 2nd, 2008

Where did this wonderful hand game of childhood come from?

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gailcalled's avatar

I believe that it is “Pat-a-cake. pat-a-cake, baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can; Roll it and Pat it and Mark it with a B, and put it in the oven for Baby and me.” Just a way, I guess, to bump hands w. a baby, roll his hands, pat his hands, then make a B on his tummy and fall over laughing together.

Who knows where it came from; like “Here is the Church, here is the Steeple, “The Eeensy weensy spider”...all games involving gentle physical interaction w. you and the baby-all guaranteed to make him (her). ROFL. People probably invented versions of this in every culture (peek-a-boo, Where’s the baby? Here’s the baby” etc.)

soundedfury's avatar

I heard that it came from the 1600s, but beyond that it’s true origin is probably lost.

gailcalled's avatar

@soundedfury: what’s your source? Here’s one bit of research:

Nursery rhymes

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