Ye Gods and little fishes...

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by mstang67chic, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    My mom and I were talking this evening and got on the subject of older sayings and figures of speech. Apparently when my grandmother was REALLY ticked, she would say Ye Gods And Little Fishes. Mom commented on how she never really knew what that meant or where it came from.

    Has anyone ever heard that before? Or know it's origins?
  2. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    I don't know, but it sounds nicer than what my grandmother says...[Poop] fire and save matches. (Substitute another word for poop.)
  3. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    I have never heard that particular variant, but it's related to "Egad", "Ye Gads!", "Gadzooks!" and other similar phrases. These phrases were all developed to allow people to swear without actually blaspheming.

    http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-yeg1.htm
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ye_gods

    On a similar note, I used to have a boss who would exclaim, "Lord love a duck!" whenever he was shocked or astonished.
  4. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Well-Known Member

    I would guess the "fishes" part relates to the Christian biblical parable of 'the loaves and fishes'
  5. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    My granny (born and raised in Nebraska) would say "Christmas at the Cratchits!" when she was surprised.
  6. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    Ok but the question is what is going on when my current phrase to exclaim is Holy Cats.

    Gotta love those old phrases that I used to hear though.

    Beth
  7. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Well-Known Member

    DH used to use "Holy Schnikes" I still haven't figured out where that one came from.
  8. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    "Schnizzle!" is an exclamation made by gfg - you can figure out what it's subsituting I think.

    "Oh Fudge!"

    "Bull Donkey!"

    "Oh Raspberries!"

    As far as I know, none of these have biblical references, but I think they are cute.

    Where did "Jesus H. Christ" come from? My dad said that one all the time! Hahaha. My mom used more 'colorful' words, which everyone found appalling.
  9. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Moderator Staff Member

    My great-grandmother used to say stuff in Italian, but I'm not really able to translate....some of them would get sensored!

    My Dad's mom used to say them in Gaelic and I wouldn't have a clue what she was saying, but I'm sure some of the translations would be sensored as well!

    Uffa! is one exclamation that was heard a lot and "Marone a Mi"(literal translation is something like My Maroon) I haven't a clue, but I suspect it's something to do with blood of Mary the Virgin, but couldn't really tell ya.
  10. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    Here ya go -

    Some think it's also a combination of a few sayings but mostly like any other friggin word it's used to offset the severity of it and not offend the almighty as that is a commandment for Christians - not use his name in vain.

    Here's what I found otherwise.
    http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/5/5-877.html#2
  11. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Pretty sure that comes from Fast Times At Ridgemont High. One of our good friends says it all the time and I've found myself saying it now and then.
  12. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    It was used by Chris ((((?)))) big, funny, redheaded guy in that movie with David Spade and they sell brake pads when his Dad dies -
    WHoley Schnikes.
  13. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    Chris Farley!

    And Loth, my ENTIRE family does the Madone Mi (it refers to the Madonna). Also Ba fanabla (go to Naples).

    My DAD always said something about God making little green apples. Have no idea why. He also insisted that Jesus' middle name was indeed H, for Horatio. I think he is full of it.
  14. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    My aunt says "Geezle Petes". I have no idea where it comes from, but as a kid it used to send us into gales of laughter. (Esp when my cousin would imitate her saying it.)

    I still don't think any of them is as descriptive as "SH** a cold purple Twinkie" which I found on an online slang dicitionary. It describes having a fit for no reason.

    Susie
  15. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Why "poop fire and save the matches" was both my grandmother's and my Mom's fav saying.

    And I'll still say it on rare occasion. I have to say though, it's an attention grabber.

    :rofl::rofl:
  16. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    I don't know but it sounds like a great book title!!!!
    It sounds like it has Greek and Old English roots.

    BBK, my dad used to say Jesus H. Christ, too! I've always wondered where the H came from. :)

    My grandmother used to call us little scheitz kophs. LOL. She had to stop when I was about 12 and I somehow figured it out by myself.
  17. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Moderator Staff Member

    Susie, the cold purple twinkie???? I think I have to go clean the coffee off of my monitor now.

    See, BBK Madone a Mi, make a heck of a lot more sense, but around here, they all say Marone. Maybe it's like so many other weird slang things and it's because of not wanting to be blasphemous. And now that you mention it....Ba Fanabala...yes, I've heard that. The majority of my family is Calabrese.
  18. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    Loth,

    yeah, Madone, Marone...it actually sounded kind of like "madrone" with a slight trill. Slight dialect thing.

    I heard a lot more, which I am sure would be censored...
  19. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    There are a couple of theories surrounding Jesus H. Christ. One (and the one I think makes the most sense) is that Southerners frequently would say "Jesus Holy Christ." Northerners heard it, shortened it and it picked up from there.

    Another theory is scientific. Since Jesus was born of an immaculate conception, he's missing half of his genes and is, therefore, "haploid."

    Third theory is that "IHS" was the ancient Greek abbreviation for Jesus. "Iesous" (the "e" looking like an H) was the Greek spelling. The Romans converted it to Jhesus.

    So, take your pick. I'm sure you could probably find a few more reasons but these are the ones I've heard over the years. Being the product of good Southerners, I'll stick with Jesus Holy Christ.
  20. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    I had a French teacher from Quebec years ago, who used to say "Christ sur bicyclette" (roughly, Christ on a bicycle). My DH says, "Jesus H. Christ in a canoe".

    I have no idea why Jesus would choose either a bicycle OR a canoe, when he had a perfectly good donkey to ride.

    I think I'm going to look those up and see if I can find out their origins.