Tommy Tompkins and Polly Hopkins
DESCRIPTION: "Howdy do, Mr. Tommy Tomplins, Howdy do, Howdy do?" "Howdy do, Miss Polly Hopkins." "Oh, say, Mr. Tommy Tompkins, Won't you buy a broom?" "Oh, yes, Miss Polly Hopkins, I will buy a broom... If you'll be my bride And sweep the room."
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Henry, from Elsie Burnett)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
MHenry-Appalachians, p. 227, "Tommy Tompkins and Polly Hopkins" (1 text)
NOTES: I can't prove it, but I would guess that this has something to do with the custom of marrying by jumping over a broom. - RBW
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