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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Fun With Words

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.  

19 comments:

  1. It is an addiction I share. And I love finding out about where phrases come from...

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  2. I used to wonder who Pete was and why should we do things for Pete's sake.

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  3. I love these snippets and sayings you give us and the reasoning behind them.

    All the best Jan

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  4. Such a fun post. We have a saying that my hubby picked up somewhere along the way. When someone complains about something (let's say getting only $5.00 in a birthday card from grandma) the reply would be "Five buck is five bucks, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick." Hubby actually heard someone say this to someone on a bus, many years ago and we've adopted it for ourselves. LOL

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    1. Our bunch says, "It's better than a kick in the head.".

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    2. And my father said, "It's better than a kick in the a$$" ... or if he wanted to be more polite "rear" :)

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  5. I enjoyed reading. Nice to know the phrase 'for Pete's sake' explained.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  6. I always love learning about old expressions.

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  7. Peckish being a little hungry and irritable I think one causes the other, Cindy definitely becomes irritable when she is hungry, we say she is hangry.

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    1. I think so too. I used to get 'hangry' then I cut WAY back on carbs. Hangry no more.

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  8. My husband often says over a disappointment, "It's better than a rubber biscuit." I have no idea where he got that.

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  9. I LOVE words!
    These are three doozies!

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