Origin of tarnation
Examples from the Web for tarnation
Historical Examples of tarnation
I'm owin' that tarnation little rat suthin' f'r the way he's been keelhaulin' me.Pirates' Hope
They shoot more in an hour than they could eat in a year in their tarnation French wastefulness.
This time they were rubies; Burmese rubies, my experience told me, and not a tarnation flaw in one of 'em.A Crime of the Under-seas
Then I calculate we may as well give in, for your legs are a tarnation deal longer than ours, it seems.Tales of the Sea
Not quite so good as that, skipper, but it's tarnation near it.The Second String
1784, American English alteration of darnation (itself a euphemism for damnation), influenced by tarnal (1790), from phrase by the Eternal (God).