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Entry from July 11, 2019
“Some like it hot, some like it cold” (Pease Porridge Hot or Pease Pudding Hot)

"Pease Porridge Hot” (or “Pease Pudding Hot") is a children’s singing game and nursery rhyme that was printed in John Newbery’s Mother Goose’s Melody (1760):

“Pease Porridge hot,
Pease Porridge cold,
Pease Porridge in the Pot
Nine Days old,
Spell me that in four Letters?
I will, THAT.”


An additional version was printed in The Nursery Rhymes of England: Collected Chiefly from Oral Tradition (1844) by James Orchard Halliwell:

“PEASE-PUDDING hot,
Pease-pudding cold,
Pease-pudding in the pot,
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.”


The comedy film Some Like It Hot (1959), directed and produced by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, takes its title from this nursery rhyme.


Wikipedia: Pease Porridge Hot
“Pease Porridge Hot” or “Pease Pudding Hot” (also known as “Peas Porridge Hot”) is a children’s singing game and nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19631.

Lyrics
The lyrics to the rhyme are:

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Origin
The origins of this rhyme are unknown. The name refers to a type of porridge made from peas, pease pudding, also known in Middle English as pease pottage. ("Pease" was treated as a mass noun, similar to “oatmeal”, and the singular “pea” and plural “peas” arose by back-formation.)

The earliest recorded version of Pease Porridge Hot is a riddle found in John Newbery’s Mother Goose’s Melody (c. 1760):

Pease Porridge hot,
Pease Porridge cold,
Pease Porridge in the Pot
Nine Days old,
Spell me that in four Letters?
I will, THAT.

Where the terms “pease pudding” and “pease pottage” are used, the lyrics of the rhyme are altered accordingly.

Mama Lisa’s World (International Music & Culture)
I think people nowadays are more familiar with the version of this rhyme that can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916):

Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot,
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.

Here’s how you play the hand-clapping game with the version above:

1. Slap thighs, clap hands, clap partner’s hands.
2. Repeat line 1
3. Slap thighs, clap hands, slap partner’s right with your right hand, clap hands.
4. Slap partner’s left hand with your left hand, clap your hands, clap your partner’s hands.
5. Slap thighs, clap hands, clap partner’s hands.
6. Repeat line 5
7. Slap thighs, clap hands, slap partner’s right with your right hand, clap hands.
8. Slap partner’s left hand with your left hand, clap your hands, clap your partner’s hands.

Wikipedia: Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American black and white romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The supporting cast includes George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee, and Nehemiah Persoff. The screenplay by Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond is based on a screenplay by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan from the French film Fanfare of Love. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed commit a crime inspired by the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Archive.org
MOTHER GOOSE’S MELODY
A FACSIMILE REPRODUCTION
OF
THE EARLIEST KNOWN EDITION
WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
BY
COLONEL W. F. PRIDEAUX, C.S.I.
LONDON
A. H. BULLEN
47 GREAT RUSSELL STREET
Edinburgh: T. & A. CONSTABLE, Printers to His Majesty
(...)
LONDON:
Printed for FRANCIS POWER, (Gvandfbn to
the late Mr. J. NKWBERY,) and Co.
Ho. 65. St. Paul’s Church Yard, 1791.
3 Price Three Pence. ]
Pg. 41:
PEASE-porridge hot
Peafe-porridge cold,
Peafe-porridge in the pot
Nine days old,
Spell me that in four letters;
I will, THAT-

Google Books
The Nursery Rhymes of England
Edited by James Orchard Halliwell
London, UK: Printed for the Percy Society
1842
Pg. 94:
CXLVII.
PEASE-porridge hot, pease-porridge cold,
Pease-porridge in the pot, nine days old.
Spell me that in four letters..

Google Books
The Nursery Rhymes of England:
Collected Chiefly from Oral Tradition

By James Orchard Halliwell
London, UK: John Russell Smith
1844
Pg. 144:
CCXLI.
[Game with the hands.]
PEASE-PUDDING hot,
Pease-pudding cold,
Pease-pudding in the pot,
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
FAQ

What does the title mean? What do some like “hot”?
The title is a reference to “hot” jazz, the type of music that the all-girl band performs. The title figures into the story about halfway through the movie when Junior asks Sugar if she plays “that fast music...jazz?” Sugar replies, “Yeah! Real hot!”, to which Junior responds, “Well, I guess some like it hot. I personally prefer classical music.”

YouTube
KIDS TV ABC NURSERY RHYMES & SONGS FOR KINDERGARTEN KIDS S1 • E57
Peas Porridge Hot | Nursery Rhymes For Children | Cartoon Videos For Toddlers by Kids Tv
Kids TV - Nursery Rhymes And Baby Songs
Published on Feb 8, 2014
Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot 9 days old.
How Would You Like Your Peas porridge
Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot 9 days old.

YouTube
Pease Porridge Hot Song for Kids | Nursery Rhymes for Children | The Kiboomers
The Kiboomers - Kids Music Channel
Published on Dec 9, 2016
The Kiboomers! Award-winning Chart-toppers on iTunes.
★Get this song on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/top…
Listen to our ‘Pease Porridge Hot’ video and sing along with the kids!

“PEASE PORRIDGE HOT NURSERY RHYME”
Pease Porridge Hot
Pease porridge hot
Pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot
Nine days old
Some like it hot
Some like it cold Some like it in the pot
Nine days old
Pease porridge hot
Pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot
Nine days old
Some like it hot
Some like it cold
Some like it in the pot
Nine days old

Posted by Barry Popik
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