Graham from the UK wrote to me to ask me a question.
I would like to pose a question to Past Elder, and I suspect it is far too peripheral [???] to be of interest to those who follow your blog… Past Elder’s most common “catchphrase”, perhaps, is “Bless us and save us Mrs O’Davis”, and he refers to this, once or twice, as deriving from “from pre-conciliar Catholic culture”. I’m intrigued by this. Is “Mrs O’Davis” some sort of oblique reference to the Virgin Mary? A puzzle, and puzzles irritate me.
Seems that Graham has been discussing this on an online forum at http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/59/messages/428.html