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You know WhatTheySay... “Out with the old, in with the new.”

“Out with the old and in with the new. Did you ever stop to wonder where that phrase comes from? Every year, people around the globe say it or something similar as the clock approaches midnight on December 31st. But why? As a chaplain at Georgetown University, I often hear my students stop at moments like this and say to each other, “I’ll Google it.” Clearly, no one has thought of that when it comes to the phrase, “Out with the old and in with the new!”

Turns out, it’s of Scottish origin. From the Douglas clan. Turns out Lee Douglas IV was upset. Lee kicked his mom out of the house for being a prostitute and replaced her oversight of his house with a new, young mistress. Hence, out with the old and in with the new was coined…or at least that’s what you’ll find out if you Google it. Mom as a prostitute. Not exactly the kind of thing everyone thinks of when they hear the phrase.”

- Bobbi Kraft



bakrafty1. “Out with the Old, In with the New – Sermon.”"Krafting" a Bridge, 18 Apr. 2017,

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