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Medieval swearing and the meanings behind the saints' names

From the medieval period until the nineteenth century, the use of blasphemous speech was perceived as extremely debauched behaviour. To say "God!" in 1350 was considered so offensive that euphemisms such as "gog" arose. It is believed that this taboo probably derived from the commandment not to take the Lord's name in vain. By comparison, sexual words and words connected with bodily functions were used openly in medieval times. By the Victorian era, the opposite had become true and these phrases which were previously admissible became unacceptable in polite speech.

In "Night of the Reaper," the three main characters (Nasty, Podge and Dim) often display their lack of good breeding through the exclamation of saints' names. It's a game for them. Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life, so they normally refer to the appropriate saint depending on the given situation, but Dim finds this all a bit difficult and often cheats. The other two take liberties also by creating fictitious saints.

Here are the true saints which get a mention in the story, listed in the order in which they appear:

Augustine of Hippo
(aka Aurelius Augustinus/Doctor of Grace)
Patron of brewers

John of God
(Juan de Dios)
Patron of alcoholics and alcoholism

Balthasar
(one of the Three Magi)
Patron of playing card manufacturers

Bernadine of Siena
(Bernadino/Bernardine of Siena/Bernardino)
Patron of compulsive gambling and gambling addicts

Vitus
(Guy/Vito)
Patron of dancers

George
(Victory Bringer)
Patron of the cavalry and chivalry

Jude Thaddeus
Patron of desperate situations, forgotten or lost causes

Rita of Cascia
(Margarita of Cascia/Rita La Abogada de Imposibles)
Patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations

Swithun
(Swithin/Svithin)
Patron of the weather

Christopher
(Kester/Kitts/Offero)
Patron of travellers

Agrippina
Patron against evil spirits

Dunstan
Patron of goldsmiths and silversmiths

Anne
Patron of and against poverty

Benedict
(Benedict of Narsia/...Norsia/...Nursia)
Patron of dying people and against poison