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"Jeter le bébé avec l'eau du bain."

Translation:Throw the baby out with the bathwater.

January 28, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eeevee

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/natgor

thank you very much! it is very interesting


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jbromao

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petiteoiseau

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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 !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rosok4

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

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