April 18, 2008

Intestinal fortitude

So, I was wondering where the phrase Intestinal Fortitude came from.

Was it on early seafaring vessels and used to describe a man that could keep from going for days on end in bad weather?

Was it an award for a man in the military? PVT Raines didn't even Sh!t his pants when he charged the machine gun nest head on. (Modified by a good officer to read: PVT Raines showed extreme Intestinal Fortitude when he charged the machine gun nest head on. A true inspiration to the men behind him.

Or was it a newspaper article on mexican food? After hours of eating hot chilies and tortillas Juan showed great intestinal fortitude by not crapping his pants and achieving the burning ring of fire.

Turns out the phrase is just over 90 years old. Cited in the New Republic Circa 1915: Many [New] Jersey parsons have a lot more intestinal fortitude than some of their smug parishioners.

Go figure it's got a religious source.

2 Comments:

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Buffalo said...

Eventually I would have gotten around to wondering about it myself. I appreciate you taking it off my things to do list.

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Think Frustrated said...

Isn't it just another way of saying, "You've got guts?" That's how I always understood it.

 

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