March 1st, 2010

That’s shorthand for “A pinch and a punch for the first of the month, and no returns for the day — White Rabbit!”

It’s a “thing” my family does on the first of the month.* The idea is, you have to be the first one to say it to everyone else. There aren’t any consequences (no actual pinching and punching), just the visceral sense of accomplishment when you leap out at bleary, unsuspecting family members, gleefully reciting nonsense.

You can “get” people over the phone, too, though voice mail is right out and emailing is marginal. Especially if you’re in different time zones. Caller ID has made phone Pinching and Punchiing more difficult — you have to get creative and borrow other people’s phones sometimes.

What’s that? You want to know where in the world this ridiculous game came from and why we play it? (You sound like my husband, by the way.)


I have no idea. It’s just one of those things. A family quirk. A tradition whose origins are lost in the mists of time. Or maybe we’re just a bit nuts. Whatever. It’s fun.

And, since you all trustingly read that open line, I’d just like to say for the record that I got you all.

*Except, of course, when it’s January first, at which point the ditty changes to “A pinch on the rear for the first of the year.”

One response to “APAAPFTFOTMANRFTD — WR!”

  1. G'Mom says:

    I did some research on it once, and it seems to have its origins in Great Britain. So – the official family story is that my Dad picked it up in India when he was at Woodstock school.

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