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Can you figure out this old riddle?

Highty-tighty, Paradighty,
Clothed all in green.
The King could not read it
No more could the Queen.
They sent for a Wise Man out of the East,
Who said it had horns but was not a beast.

Note: Highty-tighty is a variation of Hoity-toity.  In the US, at least in our house in New York, we use "hoity-toity" to indicate that someone is being pompous or snobby.  In the riddle above, it’s probably used for the sound.  My guess is that "Highty-tighty, Paradighty" is a nonsense rhyme.

 

See answer below…

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Need a hint? 

It’s something you think of in the Winter and in December in particular.

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Answer:  Holly

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Truthfully, I know this is an old-fashioned riddle, but I couldn’t resist posting something that started with "Highty-tighty, Paradighty".  What a great opening line!

Enjoy!

Mama Lisa

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This artilce was posted on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm and is filed under Countries & Cultures, England, English, English Nursery Rhymes, Languages, Nursery Rhymes, Rhymes by Theme, Riddles, Riddles, Seasonal, Winter. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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