Question: Why do French say sacré bleu?

Sacrebleu or sacre bleu is a French profanity used as a cry of surprise or happiness. It is a minced oath form of the profane sacré dieu, holy God. The holy God exclamation being profane is related to the second commandment: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

What is the meaning of the French phrase Sacre Bleu?

Bleu, meaning “blue” in French, rhymes with Dieu, making it a handy way to avoid blasphemy. Sacré in French means “sacred,” so taken together sacrebleu, literally means “Holy blue!” instead of sacré Dieu (“Holy God!”)

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