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Monday, March 27, 2017
The Origins of Common Expressions, No. 16: Pleased as Punch
Meaning: To be very happy
History: A 17th century puppet
show for children called Punch and Judy featured a puppet named Punch who
always killed people. The act of killing brought him pleasure, so he felt
pleased with himself afterwards.
A general view of the beach
at Clacton on Sea, Essex, England, with a Punch and Judy show on the sand.
Photographed by Hallam Ashley in 1953.