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"Fiddlesticks" is used as a mild expletive or to express disbelief. Does anyone know why?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

A quick google search offers little comfort. Michael Quinion provides one of the best summaries; it seems to have developed through meaning something inconsequential.

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I think it's worth noting that fiddlesticks sounds funny and starts with an f, like another expletive. – Joshua Karstendick Dec 7 '10 at 19:49
D'oh! Fancy not looking at World Wide Words! – Brian Hooper Dec 8 '10 at 12:27

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