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Re: "for goodness' sake"

Posted by R. Berg on April 18, 2004

In Reply to: "For goodness' sake" posted by Maggie on April 18, 2004

: I was just curious if anyone could tell me the origin and meaning of the phrase, "for goodness' sake".

Origin: a softened form of "for God's sake." Phrases like that one and "gosh darn" are called Minced oaths. Meaning: same as "for God's sake."