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I noticed the following phrase used in another question:

Is this a common idiom? If so, what in hejudas inspired such a phrasing?

Obviously, this is similar to the phrases “what in hell” or “what on earth”. Does it have its own etymology? Does it relate to Judas Iscariot somehow?

Is this a common idiom? If so, what in hejudas inspired such a phrasing?

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As far as I know, hejudas isn’t a real word and as such isn’t a common phrase on its own. The version I used in that post is based off a random nonce-exclamation I made when I was really young and needed to express a great sense of confusion. I kept that usage, since it, like a couple other consistent nonsense words I coined from my youth, doubled as an excellent way to avoid speaking what is often considered profanity.

It replicates the usage of hell specifically as an intensifier for expressing perplexity. Generally as a “What the hejudas” kind of deal, but I’ve never constrained myself to following grammar rules when I’m trying to express befuddlement.

In that sense, it’s a mirror of the more common “what the hell” phrase.

No, it has nothing to do with Judas.

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It sounds like an amalgam of hell/Jesus in order to avoid cursing...similar to "heck" or "jeez" or "Godfrey Daniels". – JeffSahol May 24 '11 at 19:27

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