PLEASED AS PUNCH

I’m happy to say,

I’m pleased as punch,

but couldn’t venture to guess

even why

we even say

we’re pleased as punch

It doesn’t make sense but I’ll try;

So I logged onto Google to

ask what it means,

and discovered the answer, you know,

Back in old England, Over the Pond,

and the famed puppet, Punch & Judy show.

Who could have guessed it’s a saying that’s old,

dating back hundreds of years?

Coined by a nasty old marionette

Who left his poor Judy in tears?

And there you have it, the reason we say,

“pleased as punch” in all of its glory —

and now in the words of Paul Harvey, you know

that this is the rest of the story!

 

Sandra Lee Smith

originally posted March 29, 2009

Updated September 1, 2018

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