Oh, the parents were the soap type, in my house. Never mind the brand, it all tasted vile.
And HJ - trust me to recall trivia on old usage...it just sticks. Couldn't say where I saw the reference, it is probably accurate. Which would rule the term as a blasphemy rather than an oath, technically....
I'd put my money on it being to do with christianity and referring to Christ's blood. Certainly most of the French swear words here in Quebec seem to have some kind of religious connotation, one of the worst one having to do "chalice".
I've also been told it's a shortened form of "by our Lady" a common religious oath in the Middle ages.
Speaking of words, and going off your tweet earlier today Janny, I recently came across a super-cool word: limerence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerence Enjoy!
Konran - I'd heard of that one, oddly enough -
The tweet word for the day was
which is defined as a consequence, or a ramification....I was searching for a new chapter head to avoid a repeat and this is PERFECT.