Real Talk, in which I explain why we say weird things like “plugged nickel” or “cat’s pajamas.” Also, a place where I can send my boyfriend when he asks the meaning of weird phrases like “plugged nickel” or “cat’s pajamas.”
“You can go to the dickens!”
No joke, this post is brought to you when we were sweating our way up Broadway and thought, “Ooh, girl, it’s hotter than the dickens!”
“Dickens” is a minced oath, probably from “Devilkins,” that refers to the devil. Or as we intended, hell. William Shakespeare used it originally in The Merry Wives of Windsor (of course he did).