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Throw out the baby

Posted by ESC on April 25, 2000

In Reply to: Throw out the baby with the bathwater posted by jane on April 25, 2000

: I would like to know the origin of this phrase. I have looked everywhere and found only the meaning. Who said it first, and when?
: This is for a student paper. Thanks.

"A Dictionary of American Proverbs" by Wolfgang Mieder, Stewart A. Kingsbury and Kelsie B. Harder (Oxford University Press, New York, 1992, Page 33). "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. Rec. dist: Fla., Miss., N.Y. 1st cit.: 1853 Carlyle, '[N-word] Question'; US 1925 Neverinson, 'More Changes. 20c. coll.: ODEP 220, CODP 225, Stevenson 112:3, Whiting (MP) 24."

Sorry about the N-word but that's what it says. Some of the abbreviations: Rec. dist. - recorded distribution. 1st. cit. -- 1st citation. ODEP - Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs. CODP - The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs.