alsodads[the term flourished, like many similar euph. oaths, in the UK in the late 17C but re-emerged in the 19C in the US, where it remains in many combs., a resurgence poss. helped by the similarity to another taboo word, damned adj.]
a euph. for God, often in excls. like by dad! and adad! excl.; also used in a variety of mild verbal oaths (seedad-burn v.) and adjectival oaths (see compounds below).
‘King William’s Birthday’ in EbsworthBagford Ballads (1878) I 417: By dad it would be a good job, / If we had took Foster’s direction.
‘Andrew Barton’Disappointment I iii: Dad, I’ll dress her off as fine as de Queen of Shebey.
M.G. Hayden ‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in DN IV:iii 218: dad-binged, [...] used in euphemistic imprecations.
W.T. ThompsonMajor Jones’s Courtship (1872) 189: Fun’s fun; but I’m dad blamed if there’s any fun in any sich doins.
Sumter Banner (Sumterville SC) 22 Feb. 2/2: I’ll be eternally and constiutionally dad blamed if i stand such infernal partiality.
Dly State Jrnl (Alexandria, VA) 16 Nov. 1/4: We will be dad blamed if he wouldn’t rob a dead horse of his jawbone before the buzzards.
Wkly Arizona Moner (Prescott AZ) 15 Mar. 2/1: He says he will be dad blamed if he don’t make it tolerable warm for them before he quits.
(con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’Huckleberry Finn 298: Oh, it’s de dad-blame’ witches, sah, en I wisht I was dead, I do.
Mover Co. Transcript (MN) 17 Oct. 3/2: Thar’s [...] the dad-blamed-est dirty dirt I ever seed.
Dly Herald (Brownsvill TX) 16 Aug. 1/6: What’s the use of making a dad-blamed fool of myself at this late day?
St Paul Globe (MN) 25 Feb. 6/7: I like to ride, but I’ll be dad blamed if those horses were mine I’d have them hooked up to a plough.
‘O. Henry’ ‘Hearts and Crosses’ in Heart of the West 7: Why, you dad-blamed old long-horned turtle-dove.
Nashville Globe (TN) 21 Dec. 3/2: [I] felt full ob shame [...] but sez I, ‘O well, dad blame!’.
N.I. WhiteAmer. Negro Folk-Songs 323: [reported from Auburn, Ala., 1915–1916] I would n’t marry a yaller gal, / I’ll tell yo’ de reason why: / Her hair’s so dad-blamed nappy / She’d break all de combs I buy.
(con. WWI) H. OdumWings on My Feet 233: Boy got mad an’ come runnin’ [...] callin’ me so many dad-blamed things.
B. RossTragedy of Z 20: ‘It’s a dad-blamed trick,’ growled Father.
Jackson & ChristianDeath Row 149: Sex is the essence, the root of the whole dad-blame thing that hurts everything.
Nashville Union & American (TN) 18 May 2/3: I will be shot if any dad-blasted, long-bearded feller shall impose on gals that ar way where I am!
New Eclectic Mag. May 540: And now she is married, and what have she married? A nasty, dad-blasted, thievious Yankee.
G.W. BagbyOld Virginia Gentleman (1910) 134: He wishes he may be teetotally dad-blasted into everlasting dad-blamentation if they ain’t superior to shadses.
Century Mag. (N.Y.) Dec. 249: You’re two of the confoundest, dad-blasted old eejits that ever was! [DA].
W.N. HarbenWesterfelt 134: I waited till I wus in my sixty-fifth year [...] ’fore I started out huntin’ fer a dad-blasted woman.
Spokane Press (WA) 1 July 3/2: ‘Dad blast my Captain,’ Colonel Crust chimed in.
Anderson Dly Intelligencer (SC) 26 Mar. 4/3: It requires gas to run a newspaper. Laugh, dad-blast you, laugh.
Wash. Herald (DC) 14 Nov. 10/4: Every dad-blasted member of that remarkable aggregation [...] played remarkable football.
G. Rounds ‘Ol’ Paul, The Mighty Logger’ in Botkin (1944) 19–41: Build me the biggest log chain that’s ever been built, while I stake out these dadblasted blizzards!
J.A. McKenna Black Range Tales 267: Many who came into Frisco had not a dad-blasted red left to their name [DA].
‘Drylander’s Christmas’ at www.cowboypoetry.com [Internet] As the dadblasted weather turned stormy and cold. With the trail snowed too deep / for a town gallyhoot. Their chances for Christmas cheer weren’t worth a hoot.
B. NyeForty Liars (1888) 33: All that I can remember of the dad blistered speech.
Marvel 8 Dec. 24: I’ll be dad-blistered if there’s a chance fer ordinary men ter git a look in any way.
S. FordTorchy, Private Sec. 58: I’ll be dad blistered if I’m going to end my days wallowing in medicated mud!
(con. WWI) H. OdumWings on My Feet 285: Did you hear ’bout that travelin’ man? Run so dad-bob fast.
see separate entry.
Lippincott’s Mag. 16 404/1: Ef we didn’ have ther sentermentalest rain right thar on them logs last night, I’ll be dad-busted!
Yellowstone Daily Jrnl (Miles City, CT) 13 Apr. 2/4: Blankety blank the dad binged billy be dad busted slippery old coal hole covers to stagnation, and back again.
W.T. ThompsonMajor Jones’ Courtship 41: He sed, he’d be dad fetched if he didn't have the seat of government moved down on the Bay.
Raftsman’s Jrnl (Clearfield, PA) 27 Sept. 1/3: I’m dad fetched if I ain’t bound to have a picter of old Eagle.
Dly Ohio Statesman (Columbus, OH) 20 Aug. 3/3: When he ain’t funny he comes as near being a dad-fetched fool as any we’ve ever read about.
Wkly Kansas Chief (Troy KS) 21 Mar. 2/2: [A] music dealer presented a copy of his new temperance song, ‘To-Night You’ve Been Drinking Again,’ to a Kansas editor [who] got up on his ear [and] swore it was a dad-fetched, ding-batted no-such-thing.
(con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’Huckleberry Finn 111: He had some er de dad-fetchedes’ ways I ever see.
Forth Worth Gaz. (TX) 21 Aug. 2/5: Every dad-fetched darkey [...] that had or could borrow or steal $4, sah, is on han.
Eve. World (NY) 12 Mar. 12/4: B’Gosh, I’ve tipped th’ waiter, dad fetch his skinnin’ soul.
in R. Butterfield Sat. Eve. Post Treasury (ed.) (1954) 28 Oct. 133: He said to himself in a tone of feeling that he be dad-fetched.
I. Cobb Back Home 32: He said to himself in a tone of feeling that he be dad-fetched. But immediately changing his mind stated that he would preferably be dad-blamed.
Red Cloud Chief (Wesbter Co., NE) 2 Feb. 2/2: McGuffey informed him that that was none of his dad-fetched business.