Punch (magazine)

British weekly magazine of humour and satire

Punch was a British humorous and satirical magazine published between 1841 and 1992. It was revived in 1996 and closed in 2002.

Front cover of the first edition


  • I used your soap two years ago; since then I have used no other.
  • (Cartoon True Humility, curate Jones having breakfast at his Bishop's house.)
    Bishop: I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones.
    Jones (apparently trying not to give offence): Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!
  • (Cartoon featuring the vicar's wife talking to a rustic old man laid up by an injured foot.)
    Vicar's wife: Now that you can't get about and are not able to read, how do you manage to occupy the time?
    Rustic man: Well, mum, sometimes I sits and thinks and then again I just sits.
    • By Gunning-King, 24 October 1906, Volume 131, page 297.
    • Quoted by Nigel Rees in his book Why Do We Say ...?. This is the origin of the saying Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits. Used by Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of the Island. And perhaps as Sometimes I just sits as an inscription on a china figurine of a boy on a lavatory.