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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Why do people say "Heavens to Betsy"? Who is Betsy?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This American phrase has been in circulation since the latter part of the 19th century, although its use faded throughout the 20th century and it is now something of an anachronism. The first example of it that I can find is in Rose Terry Cooke's book of short stories Huckleberries Gathered from New England Hills, 1891:

    'Heavens to Betsy!' gasped Josiah.

    Of course, what we would like to know is who Betsy was. Various theories have been put forward but it is unlikely that she will be identified, if indeed Betsy ever was a real person - which seems doubtful.

    The etymologist Charles Earle Funk published Heavens to Betsy! and other curious sayings in 1955. In that he ventured the opinion that the origins of 'Heavens to Betsy' were "completely unsolvable".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is a book that is called, "Heavens to Betsy", and it explains all kinds of sayings like that. You should look into it! It was so much fun to read! Unfortunately, I don't remember the story. Sorry!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think Betsy is the cow.lol

    Source(s): Bible Student (and has a friend who was a farmer)
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  • 1 decade ago

    Great question! Betsy Ross? She's the only Betsy I know of....

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  • 1 decade ago

    Oh Betsy was one of my brothers girlfriends in high school...She as darling...8-)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Betsy is Sara's step-sister.

    Thanks for asking.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Am I the only one who has heard "heavens to Mergatroid?" Spelling on that?

    Weird. I've never thought about what in the world it means...but it certainly is strange. Perhaps it's a midwestern thing.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Jesus's second wife. She was written out of the official biography.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have never used that phrase ( nor will i ever) I have never heard anyone say it to me either

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