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Subject: Things you've always pondered

Written By: karen on 08/11/04 at 4:31 am

O.K. a post I just made in another thread made me start thinking about things I've always pondered but never known where to find the right answer.  This htread is for you to post your little ponders and wonderings and maybe suggest answers for others.

The one that has bugged me most is the origins of the rhyme

Pinch, punch.  First of the month.

where, as the rhyme suggests, you pinch then punch (lightly!) someone on the arm on the first day of the month.  Why?  who thought of associating the first day of the month with violence?

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: FussBudgetVanPelt on 08/11/04 at 7:54 am


O.K. a post I just made in another thread made me start thinking about things I've always pondered but never known where to find the right answer.  This htread is for you to post your little ponders and wonderings and maybe suggest answers for others.

The one that has bugged me most is the origins of the rhyme

Pinch, punch.  First of the month.

where, as the rhyme suggests, you pinch then punch (lightly!) someone on the arm on the first day of the month.  Why?  who thought of associating the first day of the month with violence?


I cannot tell you Karen.  I can only suggest that it is a bit old fashioned because we have so much violence these days, that it could not all be crammed into a single day.  :(

I don't know what I ponder.  I am sure there must be many things !  I will try to come back to this !

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 08/11/04 at 12:33 pm

Speaking of the 'first of the month'....

My Dad told me that there is an old tradition to say "Rabbit, Rabbit" on the first day of each new month.  He does this all the time, but I've never really understood what a 'rabbit' has to do with the first day of the month.  ???

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: Bobo on 08/11/04 at 1:13 pm

"…the following belief is common in many parts of Great Britain, with local variants: To secure good luck of some kind, usually a present, one should say ‘Rabbits’ three times just before going to sleep on the last day of the month, and then ‘Hares’ three times on waking the next morning"

If we look closely there, it appears that we're actually meant to say "Rabbits", or some variant (it was always White Rabbits around here), at the very end of the previous month, and "Hares", to answer it on the first day of the month. An oddity indeed.

Check this out for some more gen:

http://www.globalpsychics.com/lp/Superstition/rabbit.htm

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 08/11/04 at 2:01 pm

Thanks for the info, Bobo!  ;)

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: Howard on 08/11/04 at 9:16 pm


Speaking of the 'first of the month'....

My Dad told me that there is an old tradition to say "Rabbit, Rabbit" on the first day of each new month.  He does this all the time, but I've never really understood what a 'rabbit' has to do with the first day of the month.  ???




How about rabbit,rabbit,habit,habit? :o ;D



Howard

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: karen on 08/12/04 at 4:05 am


Speaking of the 'first of the month'....

My Dad told me that there is an old tradition to say "Rabbit, Rabbit" on the first day of each new month.  He does this all the time, but I've never really understood what a 'rabbit' has to do with the first day of the month.  ???


In my family we say White Rabbit on the first morning.  It's supposed to be good luck if it's the first thing you say.

In a book I read many years ago two of the characters walked down the stairs backwards whilst repeating the words white rabbit over and over.  Then they walked up to another friend and asked for something (marbles and money I seem to recall) and said he had to give them their wish bcause of what they'd just done.

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 08/12/04 at 12:32 pm


In a book I read many years ago two of the characters walked down the stairs backwards whilst repeating the words white rabbit over and over.  Then they walked up to another friend and asked for something (marbles and money I seem to recall) and said he had to give them their wish bcause of what they'd just done.


So did the friend ever give them his marbles (or money)?  ???

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: Mike Florio on 08/12/04 at 10:56 pm

if you cant throw rocks in a glass house, then what house can you throw them in?  Because, you know, Ive been throwing rocks in brick houses for quite some time, and Im wondering if I could rightfully do this, you know...

Subject: Re: Things you've always pondered

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 08/13/04 at 12:24 pm


I think he gave them all his money cuz he'd lost his marbles :D ;D


LOL!  ;D

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