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  • The 'sblood' of the sixteenth century must not be confounded with the 'zounds' of the seventeenth.

    Vivian Grey

  • How! the prince is a Jack, a sneak-cup; ’sblood! an he were here, I would cudgel him like a dog, if he would say so.

    Act III. Scene III. The First Part of King Henry the Fourth

  • "Why, 'sblood, he is at the threshold," replied Michael.

    Kenilworth

  • Part of the attraction of Shakespeare is the poetry, which, after the 'sblood and egads have been eradicated, is the second thing to be modernised.

    The Guardian World News

  • How! the prince is a Jack, a sneak-cup: 'sblood, an he were here, I would cudgel him like a dog, if he would say so.

    The First Part of King Henry IV

  • Natalie Angier weighs in on the human proclivity for cursing in a lengthy essay in the NYT: "The Jacobean dramatist Ben Jonson peppered his plays with fackings and "peremptorie Asses," and Shakespeare could hardly quill a stanza without inserting profanities of the day like "zounds" or "sblood"

    Science Project

  • Dost see this little old fellow here? as old and withered a chip as ever the devil put into his porridge — and yet, uncle, between you and me — he hath Potosi in that brain of his — ‘sblood! he can coin ducats faster than I can vent oaths.”

    Kenilworth

  • - “I harrow you!” replied the commodore: “‘sblood!

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Yea, for obtaining of suits, whereof the hangman hath no lean wardrobe. ’sblood, I am as melancholy as a gib cat or a lugged bear.

    The first part of King Henry the Fourth

  • Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke, — ’sblood! —

    The first part of King Henry the Fourth

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  • gadzooks!

    May 8, 2009

  • an abbreviated (and not so blasphemous thereby) "God's blood"

    April 13, 2009