Leapin’ lizards and dagnabbit!

During the Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington issued a general order to his troops on Aug. 3, 1776, regarding the wicked practice of profane cursing and asked his officers to endeavor to stop it because “we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety and folly.”

The popular expletive of the 17th and 18th century was “bloody.” It was definitely a word that

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