Posted by ESC on October 18, 2001
In Reply to: Holy cow posted by chris on October 18, 2001
: does anyone know where the saying "holy cow" originated? and why?
This is all I know on the subject: "Holy smoke!, 1889; Holy cats!, Holy mackerel!, both 1803; Holy Moses!, 1906, Holy cow!, 1942." From I Hear America Talking: An Illustrated History of American Words and Phrases by Stuart Berg Flexner (Von Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1976).