In the phrase ' for crying out loud', what does 'for' mean? Or, what's the logic that this phrase is used to show 'unhappiness'?
Thank you natkretep.It is doubly difficult to understand 'for crying out loud' because that is a minced oath. In other words, words have been altered to avoid disrespectfulness to God. The original form is 'for Christ's sake'.
The expression would have traditionally come, for example, at the end of a prayer: for Christ's sake, for the sake of Christ our Lord, in the name of Jesus etc. In other words, the prayers are made so that Christ may be honoured, or in the interest of Christ. The expression is still used like this in religious contexts.
In some other contexts, the phrase is lifted out and used as an exclamation. This is considered swearing by some, and hence we get minced oaths.