For Pete's Sake! Who's Pete?

Question:Everybody says for Pete's sake at least once in there life and some people dont even know a Pete! So tell me please who is Pete?!.

Answers:
Biblical origins. Think of St Peter. Think of the omnipresent medieval church and think of hitting your thumb with a hammer. You can't swear, else the local priests will have you up before the Bishop and the Lord alone knows what the outcome of that will be, so you exclaim, in appropriate tone of voice, "For Saint Peter's sake" and carry on erecting the shelves. This phrase was amended to "For Pete's Sake" in later, less religiously oppressive, times.

: This is called a "minced oath," a substitution of a less offensive word.

FOR PETE'S SAKE - The phrase is simply a polite version of a common and profane expression involving the name of Christ. We'd surmise that the original 'Pete' was St. Peter." From "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris. Substituting less offensive words - like Godfrey Daniel for the other GD - is called a minced oath.
My brother!
He is a saint.
Pete is St. Peter. Jesus' right hand man. He decides who goes to heaven or not
saint peter
Do you remember an old group called The Monkees? Peter Tork was one of the band members/actors on the tv series. He was also quite serious about music, and he wrote a song called For Pete's Sake that they used as the song that played during the credits at the end. That is what For Pete's Sake means to me! Here are the lyrics. They are very "flower power", but perhaps they are still very relevant today. What do you think?

For Pete's Sake
By Peter Tork and Joseph Richards

Love is understanding,
Don't you know that this is true.
Love is understanding,
It's in everything we do.

In this generation,
In this lovin' time,
In this generation,
We will make the world shine.

We were born to love one another
This is something we all need.
We were born to love one another
We must be what we're goin' to be
And what we have to be is free.

In this generation,
In this lovin' time,
In this generation,
We will make the world shine.

We were born to love one another
This is something we all need.
We were born to love one another
We must be what we're goin' to be
And what we have to be is free.

Love is undertanding, we gotta be free
Love is undertanding, we gotta be free
It's St. Peter, the guardian of the Pearly Gates.
I'd say this Pete is St. Peter, quite a character in the New Testament of the King James Version Bible. A good guy.
And I'd say that people used to pray: "For Christ's sake..."
and some people turned that into cursing...
So some people substituted and prayed "For St. Peter's sake..."
and that was turned into a casual remark...
and so on until we have For Pete's Sake! A fine how-do-ye-do!
(maybe I've been online too long...jeezy creezy)
Supposedly, this was exclaimed by Michaelangelo, who upon seeing the size of the Sistine Chapel, which he was commissioned to paint, uttered "For the sake of Saint Peter!" This may have something to do with the location of St. Peter's Basilica's location within sight of the chapel.
Pete/ is/ Sakes brother

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