Where Did The Expression For Pete’s Sake Come From?

1 August 2017, 16:47

Saint Peter

Who is Pete and why do we say Pete instead of God?

Mystery Hour Question

Who is Pete in the expression 'for Pete's sake'?

Tony, Holborn


Name: John, Epsom

Qualification: Sunday School

Answer: Pete refers to Saint Peter and it is used as a way of swearing. Taking any saint's name in this context is regarded as swearing. Pete is a substitute for God.

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