7 Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Were Extremely Blasphemous

7 Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Were Extremely Blasphemous

Q. 1217. What is the second Commandment?

A. The second Commandment is: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

Q. 1218. What do you mean by taking God’s name in vain?

A. By taking God’s name in vain I mean taking it without reverence, as in cursing or using in a light and careless manner, as in exclamation.

Q. 1219. What are we commanded by the second Commandment?

A. We are commanded by the second Commandment to speak with reverence of God and of the saints, and of all holy things, and to keep our lawful oaths and vows.

Q. 1220. Is it sinful to use the words of Holy Scripture in a bad or worldly sense?

A. It is sinful to use the words of Holy Scripture in a bad or worldly sense, to joke in them or ridicule their sacred meaning, or in general to give them any meaning but the one we believe God has intended them to convey.

Q. 1221. What is an oath?

A. An oath is the calling upon God to witness the truth of what we say.


Blasphemy has been around since the beginning. Cursing, using God’s name is vain, calling evil upon oneself or another, and so on, are nothing new. Our Lord gave Sister Mary of St. Peter the prayer of the Golden Arrow to make reparation for such atrocities. From words that were used just to NOT take God’s name is vain, to seriously blasphemous phrases, here are the 10 most blasphemous phrases that you probably never knew about. Please take this moment to reflect upon your own language and how it may offend God, and possibly be the result of your eternal damnation. Pray, and firmly and resolutely clean up your language!


#1. HOCUS POCUS

We have all heard of the phrase “hocus pocus” and refer it to magicians and “pulling rabbits out of a hat.” But this phrase goes back a long long way; while still used by magicians of old, its roots come from the words which the Priest says during Mass in their original Latin: “Hoc est corpus unum meum” – “THIS IS MY BODY”. At this moment, the Bread turns into Christ Himself! The demonic took these sacred words and twisted them around. “Hoc est” becomes “hocus”, and “Corpus” became “pocus”. “Now what Reverend John Tillotson, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (1630 – 22 November 1694) wrote in his sermons about hocus pocus was this: ‘In all probability those common juggling words of hocus pocus are nothing else but a corruption of hoc est corpus, by way of ridiculous imitation of the priests of the Church of Rome in their trick of Transubstantiation.'”

#2 GADZOOKS

Meaning:: An exclamation – a euphemistic shortening of God’s hooks (the nails on the cross). Origin:: As the meaning suggests, this was originally two words – gad’s zooks, which was sometimes hyphenated and now almost always spelled as a single word. Gad was a common term used to avoid speaking the name of God – an example of a minced oath. That taboo, although still influential amongst the devout, is now much weaker and the use of gad has diminished as a consequence. In the 17th century we would have had a choice of such ‘gad’ words – gadsbobs, gadsbodikins, gadsbud, gadsbudlikins, gadslid, gadsniggers, gadsnigs, gadsnouns, gadsokers, gadsookers, gadsprecious, gadswookers, gadswoons – gad pretty much anything you like. These share a format with many reduplications – many of which also take an existing word and add a secondary made-up word for emphasis. The only gad… form to have survived is gadzooks. That is still used but it has gone the same way as prithee and odd’s bodkins, that is, stagey allusions to history that are wheeled out for comic effect – Gadzooks Mrs Miggins, bring me more veal pies. Use of gad with its original intent may have almost disappeared but such obvious replacements of words with similar-sounding invented words that have less risk of offending is still with us – feck being a recent example. Gad began life in the early 17th century, for example: Robert Armin’s A nest of ninnies, 1608 – “And, gad, she will.” and Beaumont & Fletcher’s The knight of the burning pestle, 1609 – “By gad, if any of them all blow wind in the tail on him, I’ll be hanged.” Gadzooks soon spawned a shortened form of its own – zooks. This is first recorded in Thomas Heywood’s The late Lancashire witches, 1634 – “Zookes thou art so brave a fellow that I will stick to thee.”

#3 SACRE BLEU

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You’ve probably never heard this outside of Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast crying it out a couple times. “Sacre Bleu” is a “minced oath” for, “Sang de Dieu”, which, translated from french is: “God’s Blood”. Minced oaths are a sub-group of euphemisms used to avoid swearing when expressing surprise or annoyance. Sacre Bleu is also one of the a “milder forms” of the word, “Sacrament”, from the Quebecois form of sacrilegious swears, called “Sacres”. The Quebecois (Canadians from Quebec) are known for their unspeakably blasphemous swears (dating back to the 1850s!) Sacrament being the oldest known French form of swear words, “equivalent” to “God-damn it”.

#4 ZOUNDS!

“Zounds”, with its first known use in the 1500s also has a religious origin. The oath “Zounds” changed pronunciation—changing the vowel to be as in the word found, so that it no longer sounded like its original meaning of “By God’s wounds”. First recorded in 1590-1600; variant of ‘swounds. Word Origin, euphemistic shortening of “God’s wounds”.

#5 ODDS BOTKINS

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“ODDS BOTKINS” is a euphemistic variation of “God’s Body”.

#6 HOLY MACKEREL

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HOLY MACKEREL: Watered-down version of the old oath Holy Mary. Mackerel was also a nickname for Catholics because they eat fish on Fridays. Derivatives also include: Holy smoke Holy mackerel Holy Moses Holy cat Holy Molly (euphemism for “Holy Mary”, Molly being a nickname for Mary) Holy Moley

#7 BLOODY

The word bloody means, something that is bloodied, of course, but it also began as a profanity in England – blaspheming the Blood of Christ.

CONCLUSION: NOW WHAT?

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It may seem a bit daunting at first, removing all forms of curses and oaths from our language, especially since we have all been raised in such a diluted and perverse society. But with Christ, all things are possible! Here are 10 ways to reclaim purity in our words, and make reparation for all the horrible sins of blasphemy:
1. Confession – confess your sins, mentioning your problem with cursing. Confide in your spiritual director (don’t have one? Get one.)
2. The Holy Mass – we must take advantage of the Holy Eucharist, every chance we get! Christ and I become one, DNA, blood, everything. What other way could we truly become more like Christ than receiving Him under the appearance of Bread & Wine?
3. To start, use silly words – Using words like BAGEL, PEPPERMINT, and so on that have no religious or strange connotations may be used to begin weaning off the cursing. But the main goal is to rid ourselves of using any sort of slurs!
4. Praying in the moment / Make the Sign of the Cross – In the heat of the moment, utter and silent prayer to Jesus, Mother Mary and Saint Joseph. Ask them to help you overcome this vice.
5. Say the Rosary – There is so much that can be said about the Holy Rosary that not even a hundred books could cover it! I suggest you read St. Louis de Montforts books, “The Secret of the Rosary” and begin saying at least a decade a day to start!
6. The Golden Arrow – Say these prayers in reparation, asking Jesus as well to help you with your trouble.
MAY THE MOST HOLY, MOST SACRED, MOST ADORABLE, MOST INCOMPREHENSIBLE AND UNUTTERABLE NAME OF GOD BE ALWAYS PRAISED, BLESSED, LOVED, ADORED AND GLORIFIED, IN HEAVEN, ON EARTH AND UNDER THE EARTH, BY ALL THE CREATURES OF GOD, AND BY THE SACRED HEART OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, IN THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR. AMEN.
After receiving this prayer, Sister Mary of St. Peter was given a vision in which she saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus delightfully wounded by this “Go/den Arrow” as torrents of graces streamed from It for the conversion of sinners.
REPARATION PRAYER Eternal Father, turn away Thy angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Thine eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Thy Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom Thou art well pleased. We now offer Thee this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of our age in order to appease Thine anger, justly provoked against us. Because Thy Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg of Thee, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. AMEN.
AN ASPIRATION TO THE ETERNAL FATHER TO BE FREQUENTLY RECITED DURING THE DAY ETERNAL FATHER, we offer You the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with blood, sweat, dust and spittle, in reparation for the crimes of communists, blasphemers, and for the profaners of the Holy Name and of the Holy Day. AMEN.
PRAYER TO REPRODUCE THE IMAGE OF GOD IN OUR SOULS Our Lord told Sister Mary ot St. Peter that the Image ot His Holy Face is like a Divine Stamp which, it applied to souls, through prayer, has the power of imprinting anew within them the Image ot God.
I SALUTE THEE, I ADORE THEE, AND I LOVE THEE, OH ADORABLE FACE OF MY BELOVED JESUS, AS THE NOBLE STAMP OF DIVINITY! COMPLETELY SURRENDERING MY SOUL TO THEE, I MOST HUMBLY BEG THEE TO STAMP THIS SEAL UPON US ALL, SO THAT “THE IMAGE OF GOD MAY ONCE MORE BE REPRODUCED BY ITS IMPRINT IN OUR SOULS. AMEN.
7. Ask a friend to help out – Join a good friend in your fight to clean up the language and purify your words!
8. Learn to speak better – Studying the English language to learn to speak more eloquently will give something else to work on while letting go of cursing and saying oaths. When giving up a vice, it must be replaced with good. Aside from prayers, learn to enunciate each word, familiarize yourself with good grammar and so on!
9. Invoke a special patron Saint – Take a Saint, or Blessed or Venerable, read about their lives, study their prayer life. Do this for different ones until you find one that especially touches you. Ask this person to become your patron, and familiarize yourself with them. Buy a holy card of them, and so on. They can do very much for you!
10. Invoke the Souls in Purgatory! – The poor souls in purgatory very rarely have anyone to pray for them, as they cannot pray for themselves but they CAN pray for others! As many of them are in there for using such language, confessing the sin, but not having done the required penance and therefore suffering for it.. they can be a huge spiritual help! And, in the process, you are quickening their suffering and helping them get to heaven quicker. Offer a mass, a rosary, a prayer, sprinkle holy water and so on for them!

 


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