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For The Love of Pete : Phrases


I am frustrated with this situation.


For the love of Pete, can we just pick a restaurant and stop searching? I am hungry.


This phrase and phrases like
for Pete's sake are euphemisms for the phrases for the love of God/Christ or for God's/ Christ's sake and hail from a time when those phrases were considered blasphemous. Nowadays phrases like for the love of god are commonly used, but the euphemisms are still used.

Why Pete? Most likely it is a reference to the catholic Saint Peter.

Other phrases with similar origins are:
Zounds! (archaic British slang), is a contraction of christ's wounds, oh my goodness and oh my gosh for oh my God and gosh darn it.

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