Oh, dilly, dilly, dilly! Hey, diddle, diddle


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This phrase is from the book "The Tailor of Gloucester,"
I am a volunteer translator of children stories and I try to translate this phrase into Greek. My mother language is Greek and it would be wonderfull if I had a translation in this language, if not, please give me the exact synonyms of these words for this story. I write the part of the story that contains my unknown words;

First and loudest the cocks cried out:"Dame, get up, and bake your pies!"
"Oh, dilly, dilly, dilly!" sighed Simpkin.
And now in a garret there were lights and sounds of dancing, and cats came from over the way.
"Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle! All the cats in Gloucester - except me," said Simpkin.
Thank you
  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    Welcome Cresa, and I admire your taste in children's books:)

    Dilly and diddle in The Tailor of Gloucester are nonsense words. They have no meaning.
    Dilly used to be a call used for ducks. The farmer would go out and call dilly, dilly, dilly, and the ducks would come to be fed.

    Folk songs and old rhymes in English often use such fillers.
    Whack fol the diddle all the di do day - for example:)

    So if you translate using a nonsense word in Greek that should be perfect.

    Hey diddle diddle
    The cat and the fiddle

    The word you pick for diddle should make that line rhyme with the "cat and the fiddle" translation.

    Do you need help with Oh and Hey as well?
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