For crying out loud

Posted by Barney on November 20, 2001

In Reply to: For crying out loud posted by R. Berg on November 20, 2001

: : Where did the phrase, "For crying out loud" come from?

: From somebody who started to blurt out "For Christ's sake!" and noticed at the last second that women or children or members of the clergy were present. Such expressions are called "Minced oaths."

Minced oaths are like fried bread - too much fat and no enough fruit.