Re: CHAT: sacre bleu!
|Date:||Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 21:05|
Mark J. Reed scripsit:
> Can someone enlighten me to the origin of this phrase?
> What's sacred or holy about the color blue?
It's just a euphemism for "sacre Dieu", analogous to "darned" for "damned"
in English (though "darned" gets its specific phonemes from "tarnal",
a variant of "Eternal").
John Cowan email@example.com http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
Does anybody want any flotsam? / I've gotsam.
Does anybody want any jetsam? / I can getsam.
--Ogden Nash, No Doctors Today, Thank You