bloody blimey peekaboo
Where does bloody come from? e.x. of usage, "Bloody hell!" I have heard several different explanations one being that after battle a team of people went in and cleaned up the bodies. The bodies were usually covered in blood so the recovery team would also get covered in blood. This being a dirty job, the term bloody got a dirty connotation.

Blimey e.x. "Gor Blimey!" - I have heard that this is slag for "blind me" and the example I gave is slang for, "God blind me!" But I haven't heard anyone give specific details or give me proof of where they heard it explained to them.

Peekaboo - I play peekaboo with my children and they all seem too love it, but I don't know what it means or where it came from, anyone know?

Thats all I have questions for right this minute, but I am s ure to think of more, I'm gonna be back.

It should be acknowledged at the outset that the literal expression of blood is either contrary to an organism's vitality or menstrual, and, so, either way, not particularly pleasant. Further, that "blimey" is slang and so might simply not have any clear record of its development, and that "peekaboo" is used nonsensically for the amusement of children. Thus, there would not be any clear explanatory narrative regarding any of these terms.

That being stated, "peekaboo" is a conjunction of "peek" meaning to glance or view briefly and "boo" which is used to startle. "Peekaboo" is the sound which accompanies making sudden eye-contact used in play so as to stimulate.

"Blimey" is a contraction of "may God blight me" and is a mild curse used upon the experience of an odd/extraordinary situation. "Blight," iteself, only dates to about 1611, so there isn't a lot of linguistic history from which to trace it.

The origin of "bloody" as a vulgar intensifier is simply unknown. Theories include it dating to Queen Mary I, Bloody Mary, and abbreviating, "by the lady" with an ironic ferver. It's probably nothing so deep. A "bloody mess" might possibly have been used literally and often and having such a picturesque appeal that it broadened figuratively.

Webster's and the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins offers some substantiation for these points.

Frank Pierce
Bloody could be derived from an archaic curse - "by God's Blood". When you swear on the blood of the cross you're taking it pretty seriously. Zounds has somewhat the same origin, originally, swearing "by God's wounds".

Blimey has a variant I've heard here in rural America - Blame me, as in "blame me if I don't do it," or "I'll be blamed if I don't kill him if he tries that again.: Blame and Blime are simply a matter of accent.

Now for the Brits, why was England called "Old Blighty" (as in "I'd going to be back hone in Old Blighty in another fortnight.") by troops of an earlier generation? Makes no blamed sense to me.

Blighty? It's from the Hindustani 'Bilayati' meaning foreign land
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