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I’m trying out a new curse word…

Matthew Crawley used it on the season finale of Downton Abbey Sunday night.  When Lord Grantham recommended he dance with O’Brien at the Servants’ Ball, it slipped out while he clutched his whiskey.

Can’t blame the guy.

I’ve heard the word before and immediately wondered if it was true to the time period. (Downton Abbey has been dinged for using too-modern slang.)

So I looked it up.

Turns out the first written usage of ‘crikey’ dates back to 1838, and the first spoken use predates even that.  It’s meant to replace ‘Christ’ or ‘For Christ’s sake!’  Today Australia has taken the word as its own; you’ll find it all over Aussie TV and souvenirs.

But I prefer to think of it as a Downton Abbey reference.  So expect a few crikeys here and there on upcoming Eggs. It’s fun to say, a conversation starter…

…and PBS-approved.