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Phrase of the week : Pinch and a punch for the first of the month

(ceska verze textu nize!)

As we have the first of February today, I thought of this phrase to tell you about.. It’s more of a tradition really. In England, on the first day of each month, you can say ‘Pinch and a punch for the first of the month’ to someone followed by a bit of a pinch and a punch on the person’s arm!
According to some, this tradition comes from times long ago, when people believed in witches. They thought that salt makes them weak – thus the pinch (of salt) – and then a punch, to banish the powerless witch.

I wish you all a good month without any witches!

PS: You should also say ‘White rabbit’ straight after, which stops the receiver of the pinch punch from getting back at you!

V prvnim dni noveho mesice vam vysvetlim frazi, nebo spis takovou tradici – Pinch and a punch for the first of the month – doslova prelozeno ‘Stipnuti/spetka a uder k prvnimu dni mesice’. Tuhle vetu muzete rict kazdy prvni den v mesici nekomu pobliz a pote ho stipnout a bouchnout do paze (s citem, prosim!).
Podle nekterych zdroju pochazi tahle tradice z davnych casu, kdy lide verili na carodejnice. Mysleli, ze pinch – coz znamena stipnuti anebo spetka – spetka soli carodejnice oslabuje a punch – uder – je pak znici.

Preji vsem uspesny mesic bez carodejnic!

PS: Meli byste take dodat ‘White rabbit’ – bily zajic – hned po Pinch and a punch, cimz zabranite osobe, ktere jste to rekli, aby vam oplatila tim samym!