Posted by Antony on October 20, 2000
In Reply to: For Pete's Sake posted by ESC on October 20, 2000
: : Why do we say "For Pete's Sake"?
: : who first said it?
: We say it because we don't want to say "For God's sake." I don't think anyone knows who said it first. To access previous discussions on the expression, search the Discussion Forum archives under "sake."
It was first said by an itinerant farm hand from Lincolnshire at 2 PM on 23 September 1497 immediately following his impaling his foot with a pitchfork in the presence of the local priest - there is no written record of the incident.