Posted by ESC on February 03, 2004
In Reply to: For Pete's Sake posted by Keith Pelton on February 03, 2004
: Who is Pete? Does anyone know? I have heard that it meant Saint Peter, but I'm not sure I'm buying it.
FOR PETE'S SAKE - The phrase is simply a polite version of a common and profane expression involving the name of Christ. We'd surmise that the original 'Pete' was St. Peter." From "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris. Substituting less offensive words - like Godfrey Daniel for the other GD - is called a Minced oath.