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.

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