A Pinch and a Punch for the First of the Month
September 30, 2015 1:47pm CST
Did you say that on the first day of the month when you were a kid? The saying was if you got in and said it to someone first, they couldn't pinch you back. And, at school, we were only allowed to say it until lunchtime, we got into trouble if we used it after that. I have no idea of the origin of the saying, but it was supposed to bring good luck if you said a pinch and a punch for the first of the month on the first day of every new month, given with the appropriate actions of course. Most kids did it lightly, but some of the boys especially enjoyed being allowed to be a bit more physical. So, here I am, having my first coffee for October and wishing you luck for the month ahead. I hope it's a food one for you. Was this expression one you used as a child?
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• United Kingdom
30 Sep 15
We used to chase each other round the playground trying to be the first one to say it... In hindsight it was just an extreme game of tag for us. Did you have the variations of "A kick and a flick for being so quick" and "a poke in the eye for being so sly" in retaliation to it or was that just my school?
• United States
30 Sep 15
i don't reckon i've e'er heard 'f such 'fore? i bet'cha they don't allow such in school these days though - somebody might yell foul play 'n slap a lawsuit. pitiful to think that way, aint it? wishin' ya the same 'n great health!