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Where did the saying "full of the dickens" come from??

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on May. 19, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Presume nothing, friend. "Dickens" is thought to be a euphemism for "the devil," much as "gosh" is a sub for "God," "heck" for "hell," and "mofo" for ... well, no point getting graphic. Some speculate that "dickens" is a short form of an earlier term "devilkin," little devil, but this has never been firmly established.

    — Cecil Adams
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 AM on May. 19, 2010

  • Origin

    This phrase has nothing to do with Charles Dickens. Dickens is a euphemism, specifically a minced-oath, for the word devil, possibly via devilkins. Shakespeare used it in 'the Merry Wives of Windsor, 1600:
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:22 AM on May. 19, 2010

  •   I LOVE finding these things out!    C O P comes from police in England were called Constables, Constables On Patrol

    jblueeyes228

    Answer by jblueeyes228 at 11:37 AM on May. 19, 2010

  • Thank you!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:43 PM on May. 19, 2010