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    'For Pete's sake!' or 'For pity's sake!'???

    Can I use either of the two expressions in the same way? Which of the two is authentic? Surely one of them must be a result of the other...or??

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    Re: 'For Pete's sake!' or 'For pity's sake!'???

    I'm sure there's a web-page somewhere that'll tell you for certain, but I'd be very surprised if 'pity' didn't come first, with the 'Pete' version coined later as a secular equivalent.

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    PS Yes - they can be used interchangeably, though I'd guess that the 'Pete' version was more common. I guess 'for pity's sake' might sound a bit old-fashioned - perhaps more appropriate for when something really painful/dangerous/life-threatening is happening:

    'For Pete's sake, I've been holding on for half-an-hour! When can I get to speak to a human being?'

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    'For pity's sake, leave the children - take me instead.'
    Last edited by BobK; 08-Mar-2007 at 18:45. Reason: PS added

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    Re: 'For Pete's sake!' or 'For pity's sake!'???

    This doesn't mention pity, and says the 'Pete' version is far from secular: Re: Pete's sake

    Oh well...

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