Why is Humpty Dumpty always portrayed as an egg?
June 22, 2005 12:40 PM   Subscribe

Nowhere in the rhyme about "Humpty Dumpty" is there a reference to him being an egg - least not in any version I ever heard. So why is he always portrayed, without exception, as an egg?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Society & Culture (5 answers total)
 
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posted by lowlife at 12:45 PM on June 22, 2005


Straight Dope.
posted by rolypolyman at 12:45 PM on June 22, 2005


Excellent and speedy, many thanks.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 12:48 PM on June 22, 2005


Holy crap, I was going to ask this next week. weird.
posted by HSWilson at 7:17 PM on June 22, 2005


Humpty Dumpty is not always portrayed as an egg in nursery rhymes. One of my childhood nursery rhyme books portrayed him as a fat child, a little like this.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 10:43 PM on June 22, 2005


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