Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 14, 2006
In Reply to: By cracky posted by Smokey Stover on November 14, 2006
: : My grandfather in northern Missouri uses a lot of colorful phrases. One of the funniest is "by cracky", used in place of "by golly". For example, "It's a hot one today, by cracky!"
: : Does anyone know the origin of this phrase?
: Jumpin' Jehosophat, you have sure found one funny-sounding phrase. In his day your grandfather was just one of many who used that euphemism, "by cracky," without thinking twice, as a natural way of being emphatic without directly naming Christ (which would be blasphemy).
- which of course, is just as true of "by golly" or "by gosh", both of which are euphemisms for "by God". (VSD)