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You’re Never Sunk with Sancus

When looking for information on saints, I found that the word “saint,” as well as related ones like “sanctify,” actually came from the name of a Roman god. Sancus, whose full name was apparently Semo Sancus Dius Fidius, was the … Continue reading

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Fishy Oaths

My last post had me thinking about the expression “holy mackerel,” and I wondered how it originated. Why are mackerel any holier than any other fish, or any other animal for that matter? Fish in general seem to show up … Continue reading

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