… is what Sylvester the Cat says when confronted with yet another dilemma. Sylvester James Pussycat, Sr., is a Looney Tunes star who almost always fails at what he’s trying to achieve.
But did you know that his famous saying, “sufferin’ succotash,” is an example of a minced oath?
A minced oath is a term that refers to a word or phrase modified from rude, crude &/or blasphemous to a more benign saying that does not offend, but still imparts the same message.
For instance, when you say darn it to heck, that is a minced oath of damn it to hell. When you say egads [and you do say egads, right?], that is a minced oath of oh god.
And when you say sufferin’ succotash, that is a minced oath of suffering savior, which at one time was vile thing to say.
[… and you doubted the value of a liberal arts education! How else would I know something this obscure, yet arguably, interesting? Hmmm?]
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