Who Was Jack Sprat?


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The Jack Sprat of the famous nursery rhyme about eating fat and lean is likely not a real person. Rather, the content of the rhyme seems related to the contrast between two people who like dramatically different things and yet complement each other because of these differences.

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Who Was Jack Sprat?
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Rather than being a specific person, the "Jack Sprat" character seems to have been an everyman figure that could be used in a variety of different English stories during the 16th century C.E. The earliest published mention of a Jack who could eat no fat appears in 1639, though not with the Sprat last name.

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