"Jeter le bébé avec l'eau du bain."

Translation:Throw the baby out with the bathwater.

January 28, 2013

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/eeevee

Is this also an actual expression in French? Just curious.

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike_F.

My French roommate has not heard the expression before. It's commonly used in German though.

February 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

It's originally a German expression dating from the 1500s.

Here's a woodcut illustration from 1512:

http://www.phrases.org.uk/images/throw-out-the-baby-with-the-bathwater.jpg

October 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/natgor

thank you very much! it is very interesting

January 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jbromao

Oh... I wasn't expecting this. I figured it would be 'throw some bath water to the baby' :( I guess I'm just not into the baby killing thing...

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jbromao

Haha! English is not my native language and I didn't know that expression, but I'm pleased to learn it! :)

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Glad to help. Be warned though that the expression (in my opinion) isn't used very often by anyone under the age of 50.

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/petiteoiseau

I've used it and I'm under 50. ;p~

March 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Raftus

In English it's not used that often by young people either, much like many elaborate phrases, but you want to know them if you read them or hear them said.

April 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lemmingofdestiny

I'm 26 and I've heard people my age and younger use it often enough, though I'd agree it is an old cliché.

July 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Nouveau333

C'est bizarre!

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/studyy
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Isn't the expression " don't throw the baby out with the bath water " It's a dreadful expression either way !

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rosok4

Quoi? Il me semble "lethal." There has to be a different English translation for this. What does it mean?

January 12, 2014
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