Talk:Tinker, Tailor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Platonic origin?[edit]

I came across this from Plato: https://openprotagoras.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/319-english-jowett/

But when the question is an affair of state, then everybody is free to have a say-carpenter, tinker, cobbler, sailor, passenger; rich and poor, high and low-any one who likes gets up, and no one reproaches him, as in the former case, with not having learned, and having no teacher, and yet giving advice; evidently because they are under the impression that this sort of knowledge cannot be taught.

This from the work of Plato has in close proximity: tinker, sailor, rich, poor. Could this be the origin or inspiration? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:A601:24D:FE00:74F9:2AA5:D082:1A (talk) 16:48, 8 November 2017 (UTC)


Reference to "Tinker, Tailor" rhyme[edit]

A reference to this rhyme was made in a 1946 Abbott and Costello movie: "Time of Their Lives" during a seance scene with house maid, who has the talents of a medium.

During this seance, the house guests were endeavoring to determine the occupation of the supposed traitor (Lou Costello) who in reality was an attested loyslist to the original colonialists, as detemined by a letter written and signed by George Washington. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.20.42.230 (talk) 20:32, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

Genesis - Seven Stones[edit]

The British group Genesis includes in their album Nursery Crime a song called "Seven Stones" with a clear reference to this accounting play — Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.43.173.247 (talk) 18:42, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

John B. Watson Quote[edit]

Would someone please add psychologist John B. Watson's famous quote to the "In Literature" section? The quote goes: "Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select – doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief..." The full quote, along with the citation, is on the Wikipedia page for John B. Watson, under "Twelve Infants Quotation." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 146.7.118.93 (talk) 18:11, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

All of the above[edit]

All of the above comments and requests appear to be related to various trivial appearances of this rhyme in popular culture. It isn't Wikipedia's purpose to catalogue every occurrence of every appearance of the rhyme in human history— that leads to piles of trivia which are only useful in board games. See WP:POPCULTURE and especially the subsection WP:IPCV for a better explanation of all this, yes? KDS4444 (talk) 00:47, 13 September 2017 (UTC)