*A tinker was someone who mended metal pots and pans!

W. Gannon wrote that this rhyme is: "A laconic reply to a person who indulges much in supposition." Gannon edited Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Tales and Jingles (1902).

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found in Children's Literature, A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher-Training Classes (1920) by Charles Madison Curry and Erle Elsworth Clippinger and also in Gannon's book from 1902.