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Quirky Epithet

Everyone has heard the epithet "Jesus H. Christ." You can run a search on Jesus H. Christ and come up with numerous pages that discuss the origin of the H.

But when I was a teenager we had a different blasphemous epithet: "Jesus Christ in a wheelchair!" We often added the H for emphasis. Or if the situation was really serious, it was "Jesus H. Fucking Christ in a wheelchair!" or even "Jesus H. Fucking Christ in a fucking wheelchair!"

As far as I can tell, this expression never spread from State College, PA. Google searches with these keywords turned up absolutely nothing. I would be interested to hear from anyone who used or heard this epithet before.


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Jul. 16th, 2003 11:26 pm (UTC)
No, I just think you're a crazy old man!
Well, not so much old, but definitely crazy. It sounds like you had a hard time controlling your urge to swear as a teen. Did it ever present itself as a problem in any aspect of your life? Family? Work? Relationships?

OK, maybe I'm the crazy one.

Anyway, anyone who listens to Steely Dan and honors Liberty can't be too bad. :-P You're ok with me, but... I think the people down the hall know who you are.
Jul. 17th, 2003 05:05 am (UTC)
Re: No, I just think you're a crazy old man!
Heh, crazy? Definitely. I'll take that as a compliment. And if I'm not old yet, I have to admit that I am definitely aging, and I don't like that one little bit. My mind (attitudes, personality) has not changed all *that* much since I was 18, but I am a step slower and my vertical is two inches lower on the basketball court.

I learned to swear--get this--when I joined the Boy Scouts of America at age 13. The month after I joined I spent a week at summer camp and went from zero swearing to cussing like a sailor. I had no trouble modifying my speech for polite society and did not swear any more than most people as an older teenager and young adult. I stopped almost entirely one day when we were driving down the highway back from the lake with our 3-year-old son and our rubber raft blew off the roof. My wife and I did not say anything vile, but our son exclaimed, "Oh, shit!" At that point we thought we really needed to watch our language, and have ever since. Anyway, an epithet is so much more effective when it comes from a person who acts civilized and almost never swears than from someone who does it all the time.

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