Posted by R. Berg on December 11, 2004
In Reply to: Baby and bathwater: Google it posted by DH on December 11, 2004
: : : Hi again:
: : : Probably this cliche - don't throw the baby out with the bathwater - has already been on the spotlight here, but I simply wonder what origin it has and what the exact meaning is. Can you give an actual example of usage?
: : : Thanks,
: : : Jose Carlos
: Jose--if you use Google,go to Advanced Search and enter ~ in the "exact phrase" box. No doubt you will find thousands of examples--DH
: : The origin is from the German. Maybe someone else who I know with a large collection of books can help you.
: : From a recent personal use I can state that one of my kids asked me to proof read one of her essays for school.
: : After my looking at it and with the resultant cross outs and arrows going all which way, she wanted to trash the whole thing and start all over.
: : I told her not to throw out the baby with the the bathwater but to calmly look at what I suggested and mabye incorporate my suggestions into what she already did.
: : She did and we all lived happily ever after.
If you type "bathwater," for instance, in the archive search box on the main Discussion Forum page, you'll get a Google search of the discussion archives only. It works!