Posted by R. Berg on January 12, 2004

In Reply to: Purple posted by TomZé on January 12, 2004

: Hi there!
: I just happened on this sentence:
: "What the purple fuckin' blazes is happening?"
: Anyone has heard that expression? Where does it come from?

I hadn't heard exactly that variant. "Blazes" means hell. Hell is described as a place of perpetual flames, although we have no reliable reports, no matter how many people say they've been to hell and back. The two words modifying it are meant to add emphasis.