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  • Started me thinking about 'the living fuck' ('annoys the living fuck out of me', etc. Is the form related to '(beat/thrash/knock/club/scare/verb) the living daylights out of'? Or instead 'the living God'/'the living Christ'? Ah — I'm thinking as I type here, I think it's indeed the last one. So:

    the living Christ : the living fuck :: sweet mother of God : sweet mother of fuck.

    Homework: find a word for the anti-mincing of oaths. (see minced oath)

    (As this is a public site I should point out I'm a linguist and not an Antichrist.)

    September 29, 2010

  • Is Antichrist a medical term?

    September 29, 2010

  • sarra - isn't "living daylights" merely a politenessy version of "God" in this context?

    September 29, 2010

  • Sources reckon it's about consciousness and eyeballs. This makes sense, I promise (google it)

    October 1, 2010

  • I thought the living daylights referred to the guts - the lights. The integral parts.

    October 2, 2010

  • sarra dear, I'd be happy to vote for you as Antichrist if, you know, you felt like you needed a bit of a career change.

    October 4, 2010

  • I believe the lights are generally the lungs. Which kind of makes sense... if one has the lights (lungs) scared out of one, one can't breathe.

    But I agree the consciousness/eyeballs angle works better.

    And I almost typed "iballs." What a stupid word.

    October 6, 2010

  • Thanks, cb, I didn't realise that about the lights.

    October 6, 2010

  • I learned it from a Civil War journal called The Rebel Yell and the Yankee Hurrah. The gentleman (who was from Maine, if I recall) mentioned that on the march the new recruits had been offered refreshments by locals, and some were "city boys" and didn't know that eating the lights (lungs) of a cow wasn't going to be very satisfying.

    October 7, 2010

  • Lights are indeed lungs. When I was growing up I used to have to pick up the lights from the butcher so that Pussy 3-legs wouldn't go hungry. Malnourished mongrel dogs would track me all the way home.

    October 8, 2010