Cowart's Common Room
Wakey Wakey

Come on let's give an old friend a shove with a bit of friendly enthusiasm .

This morning I used the saying

Don't throw the baby out with the bath water

Do you use a saying in every day life such as this, do you know it's orgins? Why not share it in the Common Room and see how many we can rustle up.

The Common Room might ned a bit of an oil and a shove but I am sure we can get it moving again.

Don't throw the baby out with the bath water'

The essence of that phrase means to not throw out the good with the bad. But how did that phrase start?
In the 1500's, a large metal tub was filled with water that had been drawn/carried and heated, then family bath time began. Bath time started with the man of the house, then the sons and any other men in the household. Then the women and children got their turn in the bath water, and lastly the babies were bathed. Yes, all in the same water. Because baths were only taken once a year, the water was so dirty by the time the babies were bathed, it would have been easy to lose someone in it. Hence the phrase, or saying, 'Don't throw the baby out with the bath water'.

Blossom xxx

Posted at 17th Jul 2012 - 08:40PM   Posted by Blossomcottage   Wakey Wakey Comments: 13

Withy Brook's Avatar Brilliant theory, Blossom! Is it likely to be true? I suppose it might when one thinks of the death rate of babies.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 17th Jul 2012 at 09:06PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Love it :)

Posted by: Westerwitch on 17th Jul 2012 at 09:10PM

Inthemud's Avatar Poor babies, the water must have been filthy! Would think should do baby first!

But totally agree with the sentiment re PC.

Posted by: Inthemud on 17th Jul 2012 at 09:12PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar One of my favourites that I often use is: "better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick'.
Meaning better than nothing - if you can call being poked in the eye with any kind of stick, nothing.
However, I cannot find any clue to it's origin.
Any ideas?

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 17th Jul 2012 at 09:23PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Excellent Blossom, I've heard that explanation too.

Rosie I don't know about burnt sticks only sharp sticks but don't know where it starts wonder if it is on Wikipdia??

Will think about possible sayings that I say, can't think of anything at the moment will check with B

Posted by: CalicoKate on 17th Jul 2012 at 09:35PM

Fennie's Avatar I think it was only in later times that people became grubby and didn't have baths. The Neolithic people, for instance, certainly the more important ones, bathed or showered as often as we and had enormous triple hearths constructed of stone - the one for cooking, the one for washing clothes or animals and one for heating bathing water. Where there was suitable rock they also hollowed out vertical holes to enable them to have vertical baths, like the Japanese. Sadly they didn't have soap.

The Romans were tidy folk too with centrally heated houses. They had a form of soap and had unguents of every kind, which nevertheless were rather oily.

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Jul 2012 at 10:06PM

Fennie's Avatar Isn't there a song about a baby going down the plughole because he was so skinny and thin?

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Jul 2012 at 10:07PM

Fennie's Avatar Yes here it isYou need flash to view this video

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Jul 2012 at 10:10PM

Fennie's Avatar Oh well try it yourself here it is

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Jul 2012 at 10:11PM

Fennie's Avatar Not having much luck - just google 'my baby's gone down the plughole'

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Jul 2012 at 10:12PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Soapwort Fennie.
Grows in most continents in some form or other or soap nuts in hotter climates and has been used long before we worked out how to make soap (who on earth first worked that one out!)
try this one

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 18th Jul 2012 at 10:08AM

Blossomcottage's Avatar I used it in conjunction with Purplecoo
Because I always use it when I am tempted to clear out in too much of a hurry and end up throwing the good away without giving any real thought to the consequences.
Use or lose it would also suit x

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 18th Jul 2012 at 11:04AM

Camilla's Avatar Brilliant Blossom, I have heard of that saying too.

Posted by: Camilla on 18th Jul 2012 at 05:17PM

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