Posted by Smokey Stover on July 06, 2005
In Reply to: What in the Blue Jesus posted by ESC on July 04, 2005
: : Hope this doesn't offend...
: : My Great Aunt used to say "What in the Blue Jesus?"
: : Have you heard it? Where does it come from?
: : cmonkey
: This a total pre-research off-the-wall guess. I wonder if it has to do with someone mishearing another oath -- what in the pluperfect *** are you doing.
: Main Entry: plu·per·fect
: Pronunciation: "plü-'p&r-fikt
: Function: adjective
: Etymology: Middle English pluperfyth, modification of Late Latin plusquamperfectus, literally, more than perfect
: 1 : PAST PERFECT
: 2 : utterly perfect or complete
: - pluperfect noun
A more common expression (around here) was "What is the blue blazes...?" SS