Date: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 16:53:32 -0500 From: "Jerry (NMN) Miller" Subject: Re: Expletive origin "I Hear America Talking" by Flexner includes "Sam Hill" in a long list of mild curses and mincing terms and gives 1839 as its date of introduction in America. It doesn't explain the origin of the phrase, however, although presumably, Hill is Hell minced, and perhaps Sam is damned minced? Could happen. (But not nearly as scintillating as W. C. Fields' classics, "Godfrey Daniel" and "Shivering Shinola," in my humble opinion!) jmiller