Word of the Day: RATTLEY-BAGS

??? – perhaps from the Scottish ‘rattlebag‘ (a bag filled with small stones and hung on the end of a stick to make a rattling noise)

“…In the North of England children call, or used to call, thunder Rattley-bags, and to sing this couplet during a storm

Rowley, Rowley, Rattley-bags,
Take the lasses and leave the lads

From: Notes on the Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders
By William Henderson, 1879

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