“It’s well documented that Ring a ring o’ roses, A pocket full of posies is in fact about the Black Death of 1348. Atissue, atissue, we all fall down was an early form of public information describing the final stages of bubonic plague. Other rhymes include the less well-known warning of rabies arriving from France Woof, woof, from the south, We go frothy at the mouth and the graphic description of leprosy Sneeze, sneeze, cough, cough, I see your nose has fallen off