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CategoriesNooks and also cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe human body beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of all evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and screenBirds and the bees SEMANTIC ENIGMASWhere does the expression "Holy Mackerel" come from? divine MACKEREL is surely an additional instance of taking the an initial sound of an unacceptable expletive and transforming it into something much more innocuous. For example "God" becomes gosh or goodness, "Christ" crikey or crumbs if "Jesus" has produced many options ranging native gee come jumping Jehosophat. Divine mackerel replace instead replace the famed "Holy Moses." stick Burnham, St Paul"s Cray, Kent. ISN"T "Holy mackerel" a euphemism because that "Holy Mary" or "Holy Madonna"? Gayle Wade, ask St Edmunds, Suffolk. Batman? Harry, Bristol, Britain one more google find lead me to the following, yet thanks for making me smile:holy mackerel - exclamation of surprised - A blasphemous oath native the exact same "family" as goddam and darn it, etc. Holy Mackerel dates back at least 200 years and is one of very many blasphemous oaths with the holy prefix. Holy Mackerel was almost certainly a reference to Catholics eating fish on Fridays (rather like divine Cow is a reference to Hindus, and also Holy exhilaration is a jibe at incense burning and funeral pyres; also Holy Moses - shortened to the rhyming holy Moley or holy Moly - the means that the words pilgrimage of the tongue is very far-ranging in just how these expressions come to be widely used and adopted, and also Holy Mackerel does have a particular ring come it, in a means that holy Skate, or divine Cod perform not... ). And being a popularly consumed fish that the time (affordable by Catholics on restricted budgets - the insulting term "mackerel snatchers" was likewise used for Catholics in the 19th century), the word Mackerel has historically been a solid fish symbol and also fish stereotype (the French native maquereau is slang for "pimp", due to its habit supposedly of leading other fish to your mates). The term holy Mackerel would likewise have served as a euphemistic substitute for holy Mary or holy Mother the God, which is why words beginning with M feature commonly in this expressions. Emily, Richmond, NSW, Australia Uk, now! include your answer

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