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From Christ; a respelling of Middle English Crist < Old English Crīst < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] Christus < Ancient Greek χριστός (khristos), “‘anointed’”).
- An expletive or oath, whose use is considered blasphemous by most Christians. Usually an expression of surprise, shock, etc.
- Some variations of this usage include Jiminy Cricket or other variations that begin with the letters J C. These are often considered acceptable substitutions for people who are trying not to swear, but have already started the first consonant sound. See Tom Sawyer, by Samuel L. Clemons, for more examples.
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