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Where did the saying "Crap on a crutch" originate? My mother used to use it a lot and I find myself using it also.

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It's probably just a mildly politically correct rendition of "Shit on a Stick." –  Randolf Richardson Aug 9 '11 at 16:58
    
Agree with the above. –  The Raven Aug 9 '11 at 17:46
    
It was mentioned in the webcomic Schlock Mercenary in 2001: schlockmercenary.com/2001-08-06 –  Martha F. Aug 10 '11 at 6:04
    
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I agree with @Randolf Richardson's comment. It looks like just a slightly sanitised version of shit on a stick. Which originally I think just meant "useless", but is probably often used as a somewhat meaningless expression of exasperation, simply because of the memorable alliteration.

Both these expressions may owe something to mistletoe, which some think derives from words meaning "shit on a stick" (though others are less certain about the etymology). I really don't know, but I'd quite like to think it's a colourful scatalogical metaphor.

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It's a doubly bowdlerized version of "Christ on the cross".

You will sometimes hear "Christ on a crutch" used as an expression of annoyance and frustration.

I suppose your mother was reluctant to use God's name in vain and bowdlerized it further.

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This kind of bowdlerization is referred to as a "minced oath". Minced oaths are massive, and in many cases have survived after the original oath has long passed out of usage ("Strewth" for "God's Truth", for example). Cool stuff. –  Chris B. Behrens Aug 10 '11 at 14:45
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The earliest USENET references are both on 22nd December 1998 in alt.tv.simpsons, by different people. One by user The WAV King in response to someone with a problem downloading a Homer Simpson sound clip:

crap on a crutch! Forgive-a-ness please. Done and done.

And the other by user Sweepings confirming it as a Homer Simpson quote:

Can anyone tell me what Homer says when he sees the rats on the milking
machines? It reminded me of a similar quote, something like "Sweet merciful
crap!"

crap on a crutch

And indeed, this is a quote from the Mayored to the Mob episode that first aired on 20th December 1998:

Crap on a Crutch
An expression of surprise or disgust; used by Homer in "Mayored to the Mob".
Homer: Crap on a crutch, they're milking rats! Milking rats!!!

(Ancient .RAM sound clip)

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