Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 26, 2007
In Reply to: Blood and sand posted by Vincent Clough on November 25, 2007
: What is the origin of the exclamation "Blood and sand"?
It's the title of a Spanish novel about bullfighting published in 1909 by Vicente Blasco Ibánez (the Spanish title is "Sangre y arena"). It has been filmed several times, most famously starring Rudolph Valentino. It lends itself to use as a mild imprecation, along the lines of "Hell and death!"