Fun Fact November 8, 2021.

Holy smoke, it’s Monday again!  How often have you heard that phrase, holy smoke, or plural holy smokes and from where did it come?  A good question, but according to World Wide Words dot org, is difficult to answer. The expression dates from the latter part of the nineteenth century. The first reference in the Oxford English Dictionary is in a book by Rudyard Kipling published in 1982.  It does indeed seem to be of American origin.  The OED has this from Sir John Beaumont, dated about 1627: “Who lift to God for us the holy smoke / Of fervent prayers”.  That would indicate a reference to the burnt offerings mentioned in the bible where the offering is blessed, then the smoke lifts the prayers upward to heaven.  Smoke is not the only thing that can be holy.  You’ve heard of holy Moses, a holy terror and holy Joe and the ever popular holy cow!  Listen to the podcast here;  https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact November 8, 2021.
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