One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Among Muslims: ‘(all) praise be to God’.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Lane (1801–1876), orientalist. From Arabic subḥāna-llāh, lit. ‘the praise of God’ from subḥāna, probably the accusative of subḥān praise (only attested in this interjection) + allāh.
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