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#1 2011-01-24 14:55:29

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

As pleased as punched

As I remember it, the grinning character of Punch, from the Punch and Judy show, triumphs over his wife, the hangman, animals and ghosts by a combination of trickery and blows to the head with a stick. Hence the expression, as pleased as Punch. Punch and Judy shows are rare these days, leaving some to fill the referent vacuum with the expression “as pleased as punched”. My first guess is that it is understood as ‘more pleased than punched’. Or maybe, hit with the happy stick. Delirious with pleasure.

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it may simply not be the right guitar for some. But to say so isn’t disparaging all of those (including me) who are as pleased as punched.

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I gave him some bread and strips of cheese which he wanted and was pleased as punched sat in his highchair self-feeding, however he gagged and had a large vomit.

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I brought it today and did indeed see our young Adam in there looking as pleased as punched ;) ;) ;)

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MissK what a little cutey your Hamish is. He looks like a real smiler and Millie looks as pleased as punched to be his big sister.

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the last few years have been great for comic book fans. One camp is pleased as punched to see comics on the rise, and their favourite heroes on the screen. The other camp lives in fear

The simbling “pleased as a punch” is most common in South Asia.

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facebook= CONGRATULATIONS you big pair of lovely people.. I’m pleased as a punch pie thats just been given more punch.

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#2 2011-01-24 17:34:41

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

Re: As pleased as punched

Some speaker might be hearing the punch that is a drink in place of the puppet. Perhaps that explains this doubly-comestible variation:

Aviation forum: “whilst i’m peased as punch to see butcherbirds in the air and i applaude the efforts of Flugwerke”

Obstetric forum: “Congratulations on your lovly wee girl, I’m sure you’re as peased as punch ...”

Food forum: “DH was just peased as punch when I called him and let him know I needed to know where the water turn off valve was! ”

Speaking of punch, I wonder what percentage of people hear the beverage in the phrase “punch drunk?” It must be a hidden eggcorn for many.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



#3 2011-01-24 19:59:57

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1562

Re: As pleased as punched

Yes, as well as that other idiom, beat me to the punch.

Joke exchange
darn those two rascals Ralwus and Wayne Brown beat me to the punch bowl again

Now that you mention it, here’s a variant that makes both pugilistic and hydrodynamic sense.

Apple to buy Adobe
Man, as an ex-apple employee and a long time adobe employee, I’d be pissed as punch if Jobs bought us.



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