"Honest to God and hope to die"

Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Wed Oct 9 19:38:57 UTC 2002

German "Hand aufs Herz" takes care of the heart-crossing, but as far as I
know there's no accompanying wish for death. How old might that morbid
thought be? (I'm assuming that what's behind it is something like "If I'm
lyin', I'm dyin'.")

Peter R.

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