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Cripes & crikey

Posted by Lotg on May 16, 2003

I looked up the archives and found that both cripes & crikey are euphemisms for Christ which is fine and logical.

However, does anyone know where it originated? I've only ever heard it used in Australia (and more in my youth in a country town, nowadays in the city, I'd probably be the only person I know who'd say it). But are they actually Australian terms or did they originate in the UK somewhere, as so many of our slang words did?