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Here's why we say 'pinch punch' on the first day of the month

Ever wondered where the familiar expression comes from?

Are you familiar with the first day of the month?

Most of you will be familiar with the phrase " pinch punch, first day of the month ", but where does the common saying come from?

The commonly used phrase which crops up monthly sees people pinch one another as the beginning of a new month emerges.

There are two theories, the origins of which are unknown, which have developed about the habit the phrase.

Here, we take a look at both of them.

'Make the witches weak'

Some believe the superstition started from the medieval times. It was thought by some that salt made witches weaker.

A "pinch of salt" was used to weaken them and a "punch" was supposedly added to banish them for good.

The George Washington legend

George Washington was mentioned in one of the theories as to why we use the phrase

The second theory is a legend that dates back to the first US President George Washington in the 1700s.

According to the old tale, he would bring fruit punch with a pinch of salt to Indian tribes on the first of each month.

The tradition became known as "pinch and punch on the first of the month".

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