Baby and bathwater: Google it
Posted by DH on December 11, 2004
In Reply to: Baby and bathwater posted by Bruce Kahl 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.