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    Sam Hill

    What is the origin of the expression "What in the Sam Hill"?

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    Re: Sam Hill

    Have you tried googling it? There are a few theories but nobody knows for certain.

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    Re: Sam Hill

    I've always assumed it was just a euphemism for What in hell?

    But I'm not going to look it up.

    It's like an expression my mom grew up with: Cheese and crackers got all muddy.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 26-Oct-2020 at 03:35. Reason: Fix a typo.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Sam Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    an expression my mom grew up with Cheese and crackers got all muddy.
    That's a totally new one to me. When my grandmother wanted to mock someone for being stupid she'd say she was going to get them a pair of know-nothings to hang on their sleeve.

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