What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of !"
What are little girls made of?
"Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of!"
The origins and history of this nursery rhyme date back to the early
nineteenth century - the battle of the sexes was raging even then!
The lyrics obviously reflect this, but what is the meaning of
'snips and snails'? Many meanings have been suggested but the one
that has the most credibility is that the original words were in
fact 'snips of snails' snips meaning 'little bits of' No
redemption there for describing what little boys are made of' !