English as a Second Language/"pin a rose on me"

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red5 wrote at 2011-08-23 02:32:54
My grandmother, who was born in Missouri in 1888 used to say "Mother pin a rose on me!" to express sarcasm and incredulity. She used this to mean "Do you believe this mess?" or implying "I've heard, or seen it all,now."  


Jan Harvey wrote at 2013-06-15 03:37:51
My mother used to sing-song it this way.....



Two little boys are struck on me!

One is blind and the other can't see!

Oh say Momma pin a rose on me!



I always wondered what the heck it meant and have never come across anyone else who ever even heard of this little ditty.



She was born in 1916 so it's something to ask our great-grandparents if they've heard of it.  


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