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Offline siasl

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What's the origin of "pinch and a punch"?
« on: 01 May, 2009, 12:35:55 PM »
...for the first of the month.

I got zapped today by my wife - consider yourselves all pinched & punched (gently), too :D

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Re: What's the origin of "pinch and a punch"?
« Reply #1 on: 01 May, 2009, 03:44:08 PM »
It seems the origin of this is unknown, but the following is a theory that I find very believable.
As president, George Washington met local Indian tribes on the first day of each month, when he would supply fruit punch with added (a pinch?) salt. It became known as "pinch and punch on the first of the month" - Crazy Americans. But who invented "a kick and a hit for being so quick"?

Anyway, you can't get me, I said White Rabbits.


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Re: What's the origin of "pinch and a punch"?
« Reply #2 on: 01 August, 2012, 07:12:15 PM »
A pinch and a punch for the first of the month: Originating from old England times when people thought that witches existed. People thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch. The witch would be weak from the salt so the punch was to banish her.

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Re: What's the origin of "pinch and a punch"?
« Reply #3 on: 02 August, 2012, 06:35:50 PM »
I agree totally with Karla (hello by the way Karla...nice to see you popping in. Hope you can stay).

The whole 'pinch punch first day of the month' thing has extra traditions.

In far-flung Scandinavia we used to say 'Pernilla!' on the first day of the month and that was all about finding the almond in your porridge. Daft but nice tradition if you were a kid.

And then there's the saying 'rabbit, rabbit, rabbit' tradition between kids in Engalnd.

Good ol' Wiki says...

"Rabbit rabbit rabbit" is one variant of a common British superstition which states that a person should say or repeat the word "rabbit" or "rabbits", or say the phrase "white rabbits", or some combination of these elements, out loud upon waking on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck for the duration of that month. Today, it is a frequent tradition in many English-speaking countries."

Never heard of it myself when I was a kid...we were far too busy pinching ang punching each other.
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Re: What's the origin of "pinch and a punch"?
« Reply #4 on: 03 August, 2012, 08:13:56 AM »
I'm with JD, white rabbits is the way forward (are the way forward), especially after making sure that "black rabbits" is the last thing you say the night before.