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What in tarnation?

“Tarnation!” reads the title at the bottom of the Aug 1922 National Sportsman cover. “What in tarnation?” is one of a wide variety of euphemistic expressions of surprise, bewilderment or anger that arose in 18th and 19th century America. Perhaps due to our Puritan legacy, Americans were, during this period, especially creative in devising oaths […]

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