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Old 07-28-2003, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what does the h. stand for in jesus h. christ? just curious, that's all...
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Old 07-28-2003, 03:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where did you get Jesus H. Christ from?
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Old 07-28-2003, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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H stands for HolyshitIcantbelievepeoplestillbelieveinthefairytaleofmydivinity.

sorry christians, I couldnt resist.

There is no H in Jesus Christ's name. read any version of the bible and you will not see in any of them Jesus H. Christ. its a slang phrase (for want of a better term) just like Holy jumping Jesus, or God fucking damnit, or any other blasphemous curse.
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Old 07-28-2003, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Holy Jumping Jesus... I'm gonna use that!
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, but hasn't anyone else heard the expression "jesus h christ"?
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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dad used to say that all the time...said if harry s truman can use a letter for a middle name, why can't jesus...
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Jesus, Holy christ!
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Jesus Herbert Christ?
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Didn't know Jesus had a middle name . . . .

Could it be Jesus "Hal" Christ . . the saviour of many . . . ?
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 07-28-2003, 05:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I just had this discussion with a friend last week. Neither of us knew what it actually stood for, or where the expression came from, but I'd like to think it stands for 'Horatio'.
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Old 07-28-2003, 05:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Jesus Hawaii-stud Christ.

there is no H. in there

and Horatio is a latin name at best, so not likely he would have taken that (name-registering wasn't mandatory in those days)
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Old 07-28-2003, 05:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hosanna, is what it stand for. Nothing else. Unfortunately, I know this because of the torment that Catholic school has brought to me. Oh well, don't believe in all that crap anymore. =P

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Old 07-28-2003, 05:38 PM   #14 (permalink)
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How come people always say "Jesus H. Christ"? Why not Jesus Q. Christ or Jesus R. Christ or something else? Does the H really stand for something? My future peace of mind depends on your answer. --W.B.T., Chicago

Dear W.:

The H stands for Harold, as in, "Our Father, who art in heaven, Harold be thy name" (snort).

Actually, I've heard numerous explanations for the H over the years. The first is that it stands for "Holy," as in Jesus Holy Christ, a common enough blasphemy in the South, abridged to H by fast-talking Northerners. Other colorful Southern epithets include Jesus Hebe Christ and Jesus Hebrew Christ, which abbreviate the same way. The drawback of this account is that it is so boring I can barely type it without falling asleep. Luckily, the other theories are more entertaining:

(1) It stands for "Haploid." This is an old bio major joke, referring to the unique (not to say immaculate) circumstances of Christ's conception. Having no biological father, J.C. was shortchanged in the chromosome department to the tune of one half. Ingenious, I'll admit, but whimsy has no place in a serious investigation such as this.

(2) It recalls the H in the IHS logo emblazoned on much Christian paraphernalia. IHS dates from the earliest years of Christianity, being an abbreviation of "Jesus" in classical Greek characters. The Greek pronunciation is "Iesous," with the E sound being represented by the character eta, which looks like an H. When the symbol passed to Christian Romans, for whom an H was an H, the unaccountable character eventually became accepted as Jesus's middle initial.

(3) Finally, a reader makes the claim that the H derives from the taunting Latin inscription INRH that was supposedly tacked on the cross by Roman soldiers: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Hebrei (Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Hebrews). Trouble is, the inscription is usually given as INRI: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum (J.C., King of the Jews).

Nonetheless, this is the kind of creative thinking I like to see from my Teeming Millions. With every passing day, my mission on this earth comes closer to completion.

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_033

found it there.
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Old 07-28-2003, 06:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 07-28-2003, 07:06 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I think I can explain... JESUS CHRIST is saying the lords name in vaine.... If you say JESUS H CHRIST its not that same so you cant get into trouble. How about that?
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Old 07-28-2003, 07:17 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I think it just sounds better to say.
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:05 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Its there to remind you how to pronounce the first name; "HEY SOOS"
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:17 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Love your response '"The_Dude" - beautiful.
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Old 07-29-2003, 07:24 AM   #20 (permalink)
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holy? dont know.
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Old 07-29-2003, 11:06 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Found this on a link from WordOrigins.org

The IHS or IHC monogram was (and still is) used on religious articles as an emblem, and people unfamiliar with the Greek assumed that the "H" was a part of the name "Jesus" or of "Jesus Christ." (A similar mistake was made many centuries earlier; a common spelling of Jesus in medieval Latin was "Ihesus.")
The use of "Jesus H. Christ" as a profane oath dates back at least to the late nineteenth century, but was probably around earlier. Mark Twain wrote in his autobiography that even in his childhood the oath was considered old.
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Old 07-29-2003, 12:55 PM   #22 (permalink)
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so then who the fuck is John Q. Public?
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Old 07-29-2003, 10:34 PM   #23 (permalink)
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larry flynt, in "The People vs. Larry Flynt," had a Jesus H. Christ nameplate on his desk, and a snappy explanation for it. But I can't remember what the hell it was.
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Old 07-29-2003, 11:24 PM   #24 (permalink)
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id have to go w/ holy too
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Old 07-30-2003, 08:44 AM   #25 (permalink)
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it is something someone says when they are mad
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Old 07-30-2003, 04:53 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I think I can explain... JESUS CHRIST is saying the lords name in vaine.... If you say JESUS H CHRIST its not that same so you cant get into trouble. How about that?
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