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"By George" I haven't got it

Posted by Bob on August 26, 2000

In Reply to: "By George" I haven't got it posted by Paul Fyfe on August 25, 2000

: The meaning of "By George" is clear, but who exactly is the George? Does anyone know where the phrase derives?

I should leave this for ESC, since this is usually her category.... but what the H---. "By George" is a "Minced oath" that substitutes for "By God," for those who would regard the latter as a blasphemy.