I love these old sayings that leave me wondering how on earth they came into being.
For Pete's sake!
Okay..who was Pete and why do we do things for his sake?
It is classed as a 'minced oath'. An expression of frustration, exasperation or aggravation. First in use in 1924 and is considered a euphemistic use of the disciples name or a substitute for "Christ's sake".
February 26 is (and I'm not kidding) For Pete's Sake Day. Not as much fun as Valentines Day but still...any excuse for a party right?
I'm a little peckish.
It means you are either a little hungry or a little irritable or most likely both and is first noted being used around 1775. Literally, disposed to peck.
Quit cold turkey.
To quit something (usually an addiction) abruptly.
People believed that during withdrawal the skin of addicts became translucent, hard to the touch and covered with goosebumps..like the skin of a plucked turkey....or goose.