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Taipan - Jack of Hearts Started conversation Sep 28, 1999
What does the 'H' in that well known british phrase 'Jesus H Christ' stand for?
I first discovered this phrase on a saturday many years ago when my dad was into DIY. I thought then it was some kind of zen like mantra that all DIY experts used, until I actually saw him in action.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Sep 28, 1999
I have sometimes heard the 'H' replaced by 'F***ing' (and I've mentally done it myself). I've always assumed that the 'H' stood for 'Holy', but I'm guessing.
Mustapha Posted Sep 29, 1999
It's very difficult to say what the 'H' stands for, especially since Jesus Christ wasn't his real name to begin with. 'Jesus' is a Latinicised variation on 'Yeshua' and 'Christ' is Greek for 'Annointed One'.
DelphicOracle Posted Sep 29, 1999
Mustapha Posted Sep 30, 1999
Mustapha Posted Sep 30, 1999
Perhaps he learnt it from HIS dad, who I understand was something of a DIY guy.
The Q Posted Sep 30, 1999
Its all part of the great con that is Christianity.
The H stands for "Ha, suckers!". Its their version of funny, which is about as mirthsome as having yourself crucified, probably.
Fruitbat (Eric the) Posted Sep 30, 1999
My guess is that since cursing with any sort of religious expletive doesn't carry any power other than to inform listeners of the abuser's emotional state and lack of verbal control, adding ANY words to the middle of the name is supposed to emphasize some degree of additional import. (did all of you follow that? My run-on sentence for the day.)
Luc777 Posted Sep 30, 1999
I think it stands for "Jesus Heroin?, Christ!". It seems that modern society has tried to deplete the basic human instinct to destroy ourselves, ans so when something like heroin addiction comes up people seem superised.
The Artist formerly known as Researcher 103670 Posted Dec 21, 1999
I've heard the H stands for Horatio (sp?) but I'm not into the vain usage of His name...dig?
Y. Cope Posted Dec 21, 1999
Ah, 'tis a delicate quiestion indeed...
See, the 'H' in this sentence is there merely for one reason: to distinguish the two Jesuses from eachother. Most of us have heard about the Jesus Christ with the unfortunate faith of annoying some guys much enough to get a lot of nails run through his hands (don't worry - you have to be really, REALLY anoying to accomplish that!). Now, not so many have heard about his younger half brother (they shared mother - different father) - Jesus Horatius Christ.
And here's the thingie; using (or abusing) the name of Jesus Christ to curse a disturbing chain of events is a prophane and unnice thing to do, you see he has a certain religous importance to a lot of guys. His brother, though, hasn't. Therefore the britts all jump this poor fellow. A typical case of "now-I-may-not-be-much-but-I-have-this-REALLY-important-brother-of-mine-who-you-all-love-and-worship-and-just-wait-until-I-call-his-father-on-you"-complex.
Anyway, it's a theory.
Dilapidated Posted Dec 21, 1999
This is possibly not frivolous. On a lot of crucifixion paintings, the letters "IHC" are painted on a sign at the top of the cross. As Jesus only got his Christ after his resurrection and ascension, I have a feeling that it stands (either in Greek or Latin) for "This is the King of the Jews". However, it is an easy enough trap to assume it is JC's full initials (allowing for a lack of the letter J in Latin).
Or possibly it is just to add emphasis....
Uncle Fester Posted Dec 21, 1999
The British actor Harry H Corbett used the 'H' to differentiate himself from the bloke with his hand up Sooty. Maybe JC also had an embarssing namesake.
Researcher 108826 Posted Jan 14, 2000
Isn't it IHS? That's what I've seen, but possibly this is the swedish
version. I think it's for "Ihsos Hominum Salvator" or
something (expect lots of spelling errors, I do not know latin!),
meaning "Jesus saviour of humans". Don't take my word for it though.
Gnomon - time to move on Posted Nov 22, 2012
IHS and IHC are the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek letters.
The letter J was original just a variation in shape of the letter I. It was only later considered a separate letter, and Jesus was spelt with an I.
The H is the Greek letter Eta which was pronounced "ay".
The C was the Mediaeval way of writing the letter Sigma, which represented the S sound.
So writing IHC was just the first three letters of Jesus.
Writing IHS is slightly odd, as the sigma has been changed to an S, the letter iwth the same sound, while the eta has been left as a H, although eta and aitch have different sounds.
Hoovooloo Posted Nov 22, 2012
The "H", as any fule kno, stands for "Harold".
As in the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Harold be thy name.
~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum Posted Nov 22, 2012
Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic. Posted Nov 22, 2012
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- 1: Taipan - Jack of Hearts (Sep 28, 1999)
- 2: Cheerful Dragon (Sep 28, 1999)
- 3: Mustapha (Sep 29, 1999)
- 4: DelphicOracle (Sep 29, 1999)
- 5: Mustapha (Sep 30, 1999)
- 6: Mustapha (Sep 30, 1999)
- 7: The Q (Sep 30, 1999)
- 8: Fruitbat (Eric the) (Sep 30, 1999)
- 9: Luc777 (Sep 30, 1999)
- 10: The Artist formerly known as Researcher 103670 (Dec 21, 1999)
- 11: Y. Cope (Dec 21, 1999)
- 12: Dilapidated (Dec 21, 1999)
- 13: Uncle Fester (Dec 21, 1999)
- 14: Researcher 108826 (Jan 14, 2000)
- 15: Gnomon - time to move on (Nov 22, 2012)
- 16: Hoovooloo (Nov 22, 2012)
- 17: ~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum (Nov 22, 2012)
- 18: Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic. (Nov 22, 2012)