To you they might seem like mild expletives. To people in Elizabethan times, they were a lot stronger?
- Blimey – “God blind me!”
- Crickey – 19th century euphemism for Christ.
- Zounds – nowadays rhymes with “bounds”, but was originally “God’s wounds” (ie from the nails driven into his body on the cross).
- Bloody – nothing to do with red (or blue if a royal) liquid: it’s a corruption of “by Our Lady” (ie, the Virgin Mary).
Back in those days of Elizabeth I, religious oaths were considered much stronger and profane than sexual “rude words.”
Have a rude day, won’t you!