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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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:
And the other by user Sweepings confirming it as a Homer Simpson quote:
And indeed, this is a quote from the Mayored to the Mob episode that first aired on 20th December 1998:
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.
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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