“Not a Hill to Die On”
Posted: 02 October 2007 08:02 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Sorry if this is a repeat post, but I didn’t find this in my searches; there are quite a few references on the ‘Net but nothing reliable-sounding.

The phrase “not a hill to die on” came up today. My first thought was that it sounded military, perhaps Civil War. Girlfriend first heard it as a reference to the hill* where Jesus was crucified. I have read other suppositions that are similar in theme but never convincing. Any input from readers?

Thanks in advance!

*Wow, as a raised-Roman-Catholic (though more than 10 years non-practicing) I should be able to remember the correct name/term for this stuff.

Posted: 02 October 2007 10:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The place (tradition, but not scripture, calls it a hill) where Jesus was crucified was called Golgotha, “the place of the skull”: Calvary in English (from Latin calvaria, skull).

The sense of the phrase seems IMHO to fit a military origin much better, but I wasn’t able to find anything definitive either.

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