Liar, Liar Pants on Fire!
When I was young, I used to join my friends calling other people what a liar they were and to top it off, we used the phrase, “LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!”It never occured to me how that popular phrase started. We were just kids and we wanted to copy what the other OLDER kids were saying.
A few weeks ago, I was just surfing the net on yahoo until I came across a news article that was entitled,”What was the origin of liar liar pants on fire?”. What made it interesting was this photo of some pants on fire. I was thankful I read it because now I got the answer where the “phrase” came from. “Liar liar pant on fire, hanging on a telephone wire” was originated from the 1810 poem “The Liar” by William Blake. 1810? That long? Yeah I couldn’t believe it either because I thought it was originated from some stranger who lied during the 1990s or 2000s. “The Liar” Deceiver, dissembler Your trousers are alight From what pole or gallows Shall they dangle in the night? When I asked of your career Why did you have to kick my rear With that stinking lie of thine Proclaiming that you owned a mine? When you asked to borrow my stallion To visit a nearby-moored galleon How could I ever know that you Intended only to turn him into glue? What red devil of mendacity Grips your soul with such tenacity? Will one you cruelly shower with lies Put a pistol ball between your eyes? What infernal serpent Has lent you his forked tongue? From what pit of foul deceit Are all these whoppers sprung? Deceiver, dissembler Your trousers are alight From what pole or gallows Do they dangle in the night? Now reading this poem made sense.
So remember if someone called you “LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!” REPLY TO THEM: “I DON’T CARE, I DON’T CARE! I CAN BUY ANOTHER PAIR!” Obviously. LOL!