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Thread #100807   Message #2026672
Posted By: English Jon
16-Apr-07 - 08:39 AM
Thread Name: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
Subject: RE: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
An interesting point would be, what is the earliest known usage of a version of this rhyme?

If we know when (as in "I'm just a...") Gigalo was in contemporary usage that might shed some light on things. Presumably the idea of a "hired male dancing partner/escort" led to the sexual conotation, but the etymology still points ultimately to gigue, which I think is where the smart money is.

Gigalo (man) I'd always assumed was an american word - Do we know anything more about the origins of the british Jackalo?