A Partridge in a Sweartree

I wouldn’t be a typical Yorkshire lad if I didn’t like a good bit of Effing & Blinding and vent a stream of profanities every now and then. Quite simply put..have a bloody good swear.

You may think were these words “Effing & Blinding” come from, well I believe it’s primarily a Yorkshire expression, meaning to pepper your language with obscenities. The “effing” bit is quite easy to understand – it’s euphemistically referring to the “F word”, as in f*ck, or f*cking. NOW!! “Blinding” is a lot trickier – it all depends how old the expression “effing and blinding” is. There’s a British mild swearword “core blimey” – sadly falling into disuse these days – that is allegedly a corruption of “God blind me”, so this may be what it’s referred to.

There’s also the expression “to swear blind” which may be related, meaning to take an oath such as “he swore blind he didn’t do it”.

Anyway.. I’m digressing, back what this post is all about ‘A Partridge in a Sweartree’ Its a Christmas Card available from the Modern Toss website, which when I saw it, thought – that’s going on the blog – So, have a Effing good Christmas and enjoy yourself!!

One thought on “A Partridge in a Sweartree”

  1. Thank you for the festive etymology lesson..and the joyous R-rated holiday greeting!! Someone needs their mouth washed out with soap 😉

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