In Reply to: Lands a mercy! posted by Katherine on May 29, 2010 at 12:24:
: Interested in the origin of the phrase, "Lands a mercy!"
It's a euphemised version of "Lord have mercy!" (which was often pronounced as Lord 'a' mercy") Victorian writers often made English working-class female characters such as cooks and maids cry "Lawks-a-mussy", which is the same thing. The phrase "Landsakes!" has a similar origin, too. (VSD)