[LMB] Penric's bath

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Fri Apr 8 13:40:04 BST 2016

> From: saffronrose at me.com
> Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:52:56 -0700
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Penric's bath
> On Apr 7, 2016, at 5:19 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > Lois commented that Penric probably had a 'cat's bath', a
> > wash of all the available bits. When I was growing up that 
> > was called 'A lick and a promise'. (Still on the cat theme).
> That's what I've heard it called. In English historical novels, it's what travelers do at a stop--or the end--of a journey. 
My mom used that phrase, extended to a rough-and-ready cleanup of any sort. "Just give it a lick and a promise." Or as a mild scolding for not having done a more thorough job. 


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