National Lollipopper Day

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Hello and welcome to, where we uncover the fascinating history behind all those wacky national days! Today, we're diving into the whimsical world of National Lollipopper Day. Hold onto your sweet tooth, because this delightful celebration is sure to make your taste buds tingle!

When is Lollipopper Day?

It's national lollipopper day on the 29th November.

Unearthing the Origins of National Lollipopper Day

Every year on this special day, lollipop lovers far and wide come together to honor and appreciate the unsung heroes known as lollipop traffic wardens, or as they're affectionately called, lollipoppers. And no, we don't mean those candy craftsmen who whip up those delectable sugar confections (although we do appreciate their artistry!). We're talking about those dedicated individuals who keep our streets safe by managing vehicular traffic to help pedestrians cross the roads.

But how did this unique holiday come to be? Well, the internet may not hold all the answers, but it does offer tidbits of lollipopper history. According to our trusty data, National Lollipopper Day first gained online fame on November 29th, 2016. Back then, social media was abuzz with chatter about these unsung heroes, and a dedicated day seemed like the perfect way to shine a well-deserved spotlight on them.

While we may not know the exact origins of this delightful day, we can certainly join in the celebration and shower our friendly neighborhood lollipoppers with appreciation!

History behind the term 'Lollipopper'


The Invention of the Candy

In 1784, a French pharmacist named Jean-Baptiste-Charles Suard invented a sugar-based candy product known as the 'lozenge' or 'sweetmeat'. These candies were typically made by boiling sugar and water together and then shaping the mixture into small, portable treats. Suard's invention laid the foundation for the creation of the lollipop in the future.


The Introduction of the Term

In 1908, the term 'lollipop' was first recorded in the English language. It is believed to have originated from the southern United States dialect where the term 'lolly' meant tongue and 'pop' meant slap or lick. The combination of the two words led to the formation of the term 'lollipop', which was initially used to describe the candy.


The Iconic Lollipop Shape

In 1928, the iconic lollipop shape that we recognize today was introduced. The idea of putting the candy on a stick was developed by businessman George Smith. He patented the machine that automated the process of making lollipops and introduced the idea of adding a stick to the candy. This made lollipops more convenient to hold and enjoy.


The Term 'Lollipopper'

In 1931, the term 'lollipopper' was coined in Britain. 'Lollipopper' is a playful British slang term that refers to a person who stops traffic and helps children cross the road safely near schools. The term humorously draws a parallel between the shape of the lollipop candy and the round shape of the crossing guard's stop sign. It became a popular term to describe these crossing guards.

Did you know?

Did you know that the term 'lollipopper' originated in the UK? It's a playful combination of the word 'lollipop' and 'copper,' which is a British slang term for a police officer. So the next time you see a lollipopper helping pedestrians cross the street, remember to give them a big sweet smile!


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29th November 2016

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29th November 2016

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