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When and where did the use of " Jesus Christ! " as a cuss word originate?

Asked by Sponge (541points) December 21st, 2011 from iPhone

I use ” Jesus fucking Christ ” quite a lot when gaming and I’m frustrated.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

The instant using the Lord’s name in vain became a sin.

TheIntern55's avatar

It’s wriiten in the Bible not to say the Lord’s name in vain. But people do it anyway.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@TheIntern55 I’d hazard that that is WHY people do it.

JLeslie's avatar

Just guessing here, but maybe people were using his name asking for help when something was difficult or frustrating, and then it evolved as an exclamation to be used when frustrated.

Samobarbus's avatar

The word “cuss” is probably a bastardization of “cursing,” which is the opposite of blessing. Both cursing and blessing involve whatever diety is considered by the curser/blesser to be most powerful. Similarly, the word “swearing” is related to making an oath, which again, was usually to the most powerful diety a person could imagine. Picure Will Ferrell saying “by Great Odin’s beard!” in Anchorman.

Anyway – I imagine Jesus replaced Mithras or Dionysus or whatever as he got more popular.

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