For cryin' out loud
Becka Orgill
my best friend said this phrase the other day, and then pondered where it might have originated. I decided to look into it on the web, and stumbled upon this terrific site! Any ideas would be welcomed
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The originating exclamation is "for Christ's sake" which is so often taken as charged expression and in some sector's regarded as a violation of the commandment in Moses's law barring taking the deity of the Abrahamic tradition's "name in vain" that it's sometimes euphamized. "For Pete's sake" is a common substitute (alluding to the St. Peter of Christian mythology). "For crying out loud" is another. It has the virtue of having the same initial sounds (For KRAhY-), and further twists the expectation with a somewhat humorous extension.
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