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Is the hokey pokey really what its all about?

Dear Mountie

Is the hokey pokey really what it’s all about???


Dear Kyle

The Hokey Pokey, or the Hokey Cokey, depending on what side of the Atlantic Ocean you reside, is by many considered an innocent song-and-dance routine, perfect for a family gathering or an office barbecue.

However, as recently as 1999, an Anglican clergyman discovered that the song’s origin is as a parody of the Latin Mass

“The words “hokey cokey” were a mishearing, or a deliberate parody, of the Latin phrase “Hoc est enim corpus meum”.”

Further to the blasphemous point, the flinging of the Limbs (In, out, shake it all about) is also nothing but an insulting mimicry of the Clergy’s movements as they celebrated the Mass.

The Oxford Dictionary claims that Hokey Cokey is derived from Latin phrases used in Satanic Masses, so unless you are a Magician with a weakness for the black arts, you should probably stay well away.

Yours Truly

Mr Mountie

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