"Good grief" charlie brown

Grief is the experience of coping with loss, or the acute pain that accompanies the loss of someone or something that has occupied a space in our lives, our hearts. Why, then, did the term ‘good grief” arise? How might we acquaint grief with something good?

The phrase may have originated as an explanation in a short story by Raymond Chandler in the late 1930’s. It then began to appear in the 1940’s in other writings. However, it began became more common in the 1950’s and 1960’s when used by Charles Schultz in his popular comic strip.

We are all familiar with the Peanut’s character Charlie Brow...

 

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