- God's Blood - A common oath was to swear upon the body or blood of Christ - "God's body" or "God's blood," and this evolved from that.
- Menstruation - A reference to menstrual flow. Lot's of curses refer to bodily functions.
- Aristocrats - Aristocratic heritage is called "blood." Some sources think it comes from "bloody drunk" meaning as drunk as a rowdy young aristocrat.
- Blood - Other sources say that "bloody drunk" means "fired up and ready for a fight."
- Virgin Mary - Many sources claim that the phrase "by Our Lady" became "By'r Lady" (found in Shakespeare) and devolved further to just "bloody." Eric Partridge calls this "phonetically implausible."
- Mary Tudor - The Catholic queen who preceded Elizabeth I and was know for burning Protestants was known as Bloody Mary.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Meaning the British swear word. There are several theories as to the origin. Here are some options, take your pick.