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Oh, for Pete's sake!

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / January 22, 2005 12:30 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) i thought that was "stone cold" steve austins trademark
by jonah jones / January 22, 2005 12:35 AM PST
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I'm Italian and that sign is
by TONI H / January 22, 2005 12:47 AM PST
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actually made into small charms that fit on a chain that people use for good luck in vehicles when hung on the rear view mirror.....my mother had one for about a hundred years and transferred it from car to car throughout her life. Even in Italy (we're Sicilian decent) the hand signal has various meanings depending on your region.

I like this one though from your article:

>>>>"I suppose it can mean different things to different people in different parts of the world," Clark says. "I guess the Norwegians and Italians should be happy that our mascot was a longhorn and not a unicorn.">>>>> (the Italians show more emphasis when slapping the inside elbow area to move the rest of the arm from the elbow to the hand upward to make sure you REALLY get the meaning LOL)

Had an out loud chuckle over that one....


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mano cornuto
by JP Bill / January 23, 2005 2:40 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) How very cool..........thank you for finding this
by TONI H / January 23, 2005 7:09 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) You're Welcome
by JP Bill / January 23, 2005 7:55 AM PST
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great link, thanks, but.............
by jonah jones / January 23, 2005 7:23 PM PST
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isn't this the sign of a cuckolded husband (his wife is giving him horns)?


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Multipule protections also
by JP Bill / January 23, 2005 9:02 PM PST

Related to the corno is the mano cornuta or "horned hand." This is an Italian hand-gesture (or an amulet imitative of the gesture) that can be used to indicate that a man has been cuckholded ("wears the horns") and also to ward off the evil eye. Mano means "hand" and corno means "horn."

The mano cornuta is the one that resembles the "Texas sign" and the one Toni was referring to.

Both refer to protection from evil eyes.
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(NT) (NT) Who's Pete?
by caktus / January 23, 2005 1:58 AM PST
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I think he is originally
by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / January 23, 2005 11:33 AM PST
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...from Japan, moved to the US and changed his name Shiitaki to Pete Sake.

Shiitaki as most of us know is a name for a type of Japanese mushroom and Sake is a Japanese fermented rice beverage (wine) usually served hot.

Pete did not want to be called Shiit Taki(t), he thought it was too American. So he decided to change it to Pete(Americanized) Sake(Japanese name).

Since then it was All For Pete's Sake.


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by xerpor / January 23, 2005 12:35 PM PST
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re: ROTFLOL!!!
by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / January 23, 2005 10:15 PM PST
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As we all know too eh that "For Pete Sake!" is an American Cliche which basically means an expression of exasperation, disgust or anger.

American Cliche, why?

Pete Sake had a tough life in America because of his pale yellow skinned and lower slanted eyes. He was also dished-out because of his religious affiliation to the Samurai's Bushido code of devotion to the Emperor and the nation (A Confucian ethical practice and Zen discipline). Samurai were the traditional warrior class who had great concerns for the personal honor and loyalty to their Lords (Master). Loss of honor would result to performing the Hari-Kari (a religious ritual suicide) in which case serving their Lords is more important than Life. Remember the Second World War - Pearl Harbor and the Kamakazi (the idea of crashing the plane for the cause of hari-kari)?

So the Americans back then were angry at the Japanese and Pete Sake happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

So,there goes, "For Pete's Sake!"


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found another possibility at The Answer Bank
by caktus / January 24, 2005 2:35 AM PST
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