Posted by ESC on April 20, 2000
In Reply to: Pete's sake posted by New Kid on the Block on April 20, 2000
: : How did the saying "For Pete's Sake" come from?
: Biblical origins. Think of St Peter. Think of the omnipresent medieval church and think of hitting your thumb with a hammer. You can't swear, else the local priests will have you up before the Bishop and the Lord alone knows what the outcome of that will be, so you exclaim, in appropriate tone of voice, "For Saint Peter's sake" and carry on erecting the shelves. This phrase was amended to "For Pete's Sake" in later, less religiously oppressive, times.
This is called a "Minced oath," a substitution of a less offensive word.