My stars and bars!
Posted by ESC on March 17, 2000
In Reply to: My stars and bars! posted by Patty on March 16, 2000
: I've heard the expression "my stars and bars!" as an exclamation, from the 1930's or 40's I think. It shows up in movies from that period, usually spoken by a young woman from a small town or from the countryside. Does anyone know how it originated?
: Also, I think there are some other expressions that start with "My ..." from the same era. Know any of those?
"Stars and bars" refers to the official flag of the Confederacy during the (U.S.) War Between the States, sometimes known as the Civil War. This flag is different from the Battle Flag. See http://www.icss.com/usflag/confederate.stars.and.bars.html