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Interjections

Postby PaulaO » 20 Oct 2012, 07:25

I'm interested in those that have to do with frustration or surprise.

Holy crap / holy shit / holy fuck
My god /Oh my god
Good lord / my lord / my sweet lord
Good grief
For Pete's sake
Bejeebers

These are all religious based or derived. Since I'm from the South, I think that's why the ones I use the most are religious based although actually they're in the 'thou shalt not take thy Lord's name in vain' camp. My maternal grandmother did not approve of even gosh, golly, darn, and dang. What others can y'all come up with that are not?

I guess, now that I am looking around, that I mean interjection phrases.

for fuck's sake
fuck a duck (my personal fave although I lately mutter "do obscene things to a waterfowl". Got my nephew to fall to the floor laughing with that one)
What the hell (although religion based again)

I found some lists but they're all single words or two
http://www.english-grammar-revolution.c ... tions.html - not a very good one
http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/parts ... tions.html
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Re: Interjections

Postby ElaineB » 20 Oct 2012, 08:28

Well, you could make up a phrase using one of the words from those lists.
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Re: Interjections

Postby Baker » 20 Oct 2012, 08:52

P, with or without water fowl wrote:What others can y'all come up with that are not?

Plenty, but they probably don't mean anything to you. These interjections come from cultural contexts--including religion. If you're trying to come up with some for a book, one way might be to pick a taboo or culturally sensitive subject and go from there.
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Re: Interjections

Postby FranW » 20 Oct 2012, 10:21

My mom used to say "hell's bells!" in moments of extreme angst. Didn't happen often. No idea what it means.

Kiwi kids say "Aw, stink!"

I knew a guy who always said "Oh, for crying out loud!" (no idea what that meant either.)

I like the Southern ones, myself: "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!" "Well, dust my butt in sugar and call me a jelly doughnut!"
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Re: Interjections

Postby PaulaO » 20 Oct 2012, 12:12

Dip me in shellac and call me shiny.

Lorna's family used to say "Oh, pour water on it!". I was very confused until I heard the story. Pennsylvania Dutch for "pour water on it" is, I think "shit wasser drauf" (that's what my Southern ears hear). So when someone said shit, they'd quickly add the wasser drauf. Eventually, it became just pour water on it.

Hell's bells
Good heavens
For crying out loud (forgot that one!)
Well I swan (very Southern since we couldn't say swear)

This is for the SF that I finished. It was something in my notes to myself to fix later.

In the perpetually being written F I have, their ultimate is "By the branch" since their deity likes trees.
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