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Minced oath again

Posted by Lewis on January 19, 2006

In Reply to: Re: By George posted by James Briggs on January 18, 2006

: : The phrase "By George I think he's/I've/we'/ve got it" is listed with some rather obscure derivation, but isn't it a line from My Fair Lady?

: Some say that it's the modern version of the old battle-cry of English soldiers, most well known in Shakespeare's Henry V where the King shouts: "for Harry, England and St George!"

it is just another short word, beginning with G to use to avoid saying "by God". Moving on from God is love to "Sex as God" - it is just the same that any short word can be substituted for "fuck" to avoid offence. ffs!

L