Jesus H. Christ

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Extension of Jesus Christ with a fantastical middle initial, perhaps derived from a reading of ΙΗΣ (IĒS) (sometimes ΙΗϹ (IĒS), using a lunate sigma), a Greek-alphabet abbreviation for Jesus (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ) as three initials in Latin letters. See "Christogram" at Wikipedia.

The expression dates to at least the late 19th century, although according to Mark Twain it was already old in 1850. (Smith 1994, p. 332)


Jesus H. Christ

  1. (chiefly a stronger form) Jesus Christ.
    • 1980 June, Dan Aykroyd and John Landis, The Blues Brothers, Universal Pictures
      Jake: Yes! Yes! Jesus H. tap-dancing Christ, I have seen the light!
    • 1985, Andrew Bergman, Fletch, Universal Pictures
      Stanton Boyd: Jesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick. First of all... Alan Stanwyk does not own one single share of stock.
    • 2004, James McManus, Positively Fifth Street[1]:
      “I’m gonna get outta their way,” he mutters, then snorts without mirth. “All I had were jacks.” We believe him, of course. What are jacks, after all, once Beelzebub and Jesus H. Christ get involved?
    • 2004, Marsha Moyer, The Last of the Honky-tonk Angels[2]:
      Jesus H. Christ on the cross,” he said. He caught my reflected gaze and held it. “How long have you known about this?”



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