I assume there is no doubt that "criminy" is a way of avoiding saying "Christ".**
What about "For crying out loud"? Is that the same thing?**

**These are English usage questions. Someone off-topic maybe is the reason. I have always thought it is out of respect for Jesus that people avoid using his name, etc. lightly. Am I right?

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I assume there is no doubt that "criminy" is a way of avoiding saying "Christ".** What about "For crying out ... always thought it is out of respect for Jesus that people avoid using his name, etc. lightly. Am I right?

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for crying out loud! Exclamation of vexation. (A minced oath. A late-XIX Am. altered form of for Christ's sake! or Chrissake! As if the speaker had started so say `for Christ..." when he thought better of speaking the oath and shifted to the meaningless "...ing out loud!" Gee! Geez! and Gee whiz! are similarly bitten off and altered forms of Jesus.)
I assume there is no doubt that "criminy" is a ... people avoid using his name, etc. lightly. Am I right?

John Ciardi sez: for crying out loud! Exclamation of vexation. (A minced oath. A late-XIX Am. altered form of for ... to the meaningless "...ing out loud!" Gee! Geez! and Gee whiz! are similarly bitten off and altered forms of Jesus.)

Totally fascinating! I had no idea some of these exclamations were aborted mentionings of god. Especially 'criminy' and "For crying out loud". One could guess, I guess, about 'gee' and relatives, even though such prudishness smacks of almost Taliban-ness, and seems preposterous from a natural, agnostic point of view.

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I assume there is no doubt that "criminy" is a way of avoiding saying "Christ".** What about "For crying out loud"? Is that the same thing?**

*** A! is common.
John Ciardi sez: for crying out loud! Exclamation of vexation. ... whiz! are similarly bitten off and altered forms of Jesus.)

Totally fascinating! I had no idea some of these exclamations were aborted mentionings of god. Especially 'criminy' and "For crying ... and relatives, even though such prudishness smacks of almost Taliban-ness, and seems preposterous from a natural, agnostic point of view.

I knew "criminy" was a probably corruption of "Christ", but "for crying out loud" had never occurred to me as being in the same boat.

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I knew "criminy" was a probably corruption of "Christ", but "for crying out loud" had never occurred to me as being in the same boat.

"Criminy" I've never heard of, but I do say "for crying in a bucket".

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I assume there is no doubt that "criminy" is a ... about "For crying out loud"? =A0Is that the same thing?**

*** A! =A0is common.

In both senses, but are you connecting it with "for crying out loud"? I've certainly never known what the "A" is.
And is "***" the past participle? There's a very well-known joke about Boston lurking here.

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I knew "criminy" was a probably corruption of "Christ", but "for crying out loud" had never occurred to me as being in the same boat.

"Criminy" I've never heard of, but I do say "for crying in a bucket".

My grandmother used to exclaim "for cryin' out softly in the rain"...I can't be sure it wasn't a song lyric at one time..r

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*** A! is common.

In both senses, but are you connecting it with "for crying out loud"? I've certainly never known what the "A" is.

From "Forever and aye . I think.
Another version of "cry": For cry eye (or maybe some would have spelled it "aye").
And then for criminy: criminently.
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