Posted by ESC on July 12, 2000
In Reply to: Love of Mike posted by Barney on July 11, 2000
: : A friend of mine and I were just pondering the expression "For the love of Mike" that we hear often in old movies.
: : Do you have any idea where it comes from?
: I assert - in the light of past experience - that someone will respond with the statement "this is a 'Minced oath' and refers to Saint Michael". Just wait.
For the love of Mike. This is a "minced oath" (a substitute for "for the love of God")that refers to "Mike," meaning an Irishman, aka Mick. Variations: "Holy Mike" and "mother of Mike." "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, H-O" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994.