I’m happy to say,
I’m pleased as punch,
but couldn’t venture to guess
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