South Wales dialect a rag-and-bone man
Jack the Ripper
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Jack and Jill, the beanstalk, the candlestick. What is the meaning behind "Jack" in every fairy tale?
Since Jack went up the hill with Jill, Jack jumped over the candlestick, and climbed the beanstalk (to name just a few of his exploits,) he must be wiped out. Think about the classic fairy tales, folktales, and children’s stories. Doesn’t it seem like a disproportionate number of them contain a hero named Jack? Is this just a coincidence? In fact, many of these stories …
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