Posts tagged ‘Hurts like the Dickens’

May 13, 2013

What The Dickens?


“Hurts like the dickens” has  nothing to do with Charles Dickens, but rose in popularity in Victorian times with the notoriety of the famous author.  Dickens is a euphemism, for the word devil.  It first appeared in Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” Act 3, scene 2: “I can not tell what the dickens his name is.”