What Are Some Silly Sayings?


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Some silly sayings include "Cat got your tongue?" and "See you later, alligator." Other silly sayings include "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" and "Pleased as punch."

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The silly saying "See you later, alligator" was popularized by the 1950s rock and roll song by Bill Haley & His Comets. Some places in the United States already used the phrase, especially the Southern states. The song added to the popularity, making it trendy to say the phrase for over a decade after the song's debut. The saying means "goodbye" and is always followed by the response "After a while, crocodile."

"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" is a saying that comes from the 1500s. During this time, families bathed extremely rarely and all used the same bathwater. The adult males bathed first, followed by the females. The children bathed after the women and the babies bathed last; the family discarded the bathwater after bathing the babies. The water in the bathtub was extremely dirty by this time, so mothers had to make sure the babies were not still in the water before tossing the water out.

The saying "Pleased as punch" comes from a 17th-century puppet show for children titled "Punch and Judy." The character Punch always felt pleased with himself after committing evil deeds. "Pleased as punch" is used to describe someone who is very happy.

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