Thursday 9th of January 2014
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The term "Fuzzy Wuzzy" originated in the 1800s. British Soldiers gave the nickname, "fuzzy wuzzy" to the Hadendoa warriors that were a nomadic tribe along the Red Sea in Sudan. The Hadendoa were a formidable fighting force that gained the respect of the better trained British forces. The Hadendoa warriors wore their hair matted which gave a "fuzzy" appearance.
The British were eventually victorious over the Fuzzy Wuzzies but with a greater fight than other enemies.
Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem in 1890, Fuzzy Wuzzy that praised the Hadendoa warriors for their fighting skills. "So 'ere's to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, at your 'ome in the Soudan; / You're a pore benighted 'eathen but a first-class fightin' man"
Today Fuzzy Wuzzy is known more as the nursery rhyme many of us learned as children.
The Original Fuzzy Wuzzy Rhyme
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he?
Long establish nursery rhyme, Author unknown.
The last line had many variations:
"Fuzzy Wuzzy Wasn't so very Fuzzy, was he?"
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