Posted by R. Berg on July 03, 2006
In Reply to: "My foot"? posted by Larry on July 03, 2006
: What is the origin of the phrase "my foot"?
I don't know, but the Oxford English Dictionary lists an obsolete oath or exclamation, "Christ's foot," earliest documented use by Chaucer, c. 1386. "My foot" has the same spirit and might possibly have originated as a milder form that stays safely further from blasphemy.