Thursday, February 4, 2016

1512 Evolution of the advice "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

This 1512 image, shows the 1st mention of the phrase: "Throw out the baby with the bath water" from Narrenbeschwörung (Appeal to Fools) by Thomas Murner.  This idiom derives from a German proverb, das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten.  It is a common catchphrase in German, with examples of its use in work by Martin Luther, Johannes Kepler, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Otto von Bismarck,Thomas Mann, and Günter Grass.