Thursday, 9 January 2014

Bear with No Hair

Thursday 9th of January 2014 (Click image to enlarge and read)

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
 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?"
"So Fuzzy Wuzzy was not fuzzy, was he?" 

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