Question by tobias funke: Is it true Notch Johnson coined the phrase “pardon my french”?
Answer by D Piddy
The term was first noted in Harper’s Magazine in 1895. For decades, there has been an association between the French language and people with vulgarity, sex, and obscenity (see Francophobia). It’s possible that when someone cursed, they would equate the vulgar word with, what they considered, a vulgar language. Another origin may be the usage of actual French profanity instead of English profanity to be more polite.
But, sadly, I could not find any mention of Notch Johnson
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