Date: Sun, 23 Apr 1995 05:47:50 EDT
From: Orin Hargraves 100422.2566[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM
Subject: Anodyne Expletives
My great aunt (b. late 19th c., SW Louisiana) had a handful of
charming expressions of surprise that she used in situations where
a (less refined) speaker today might more likely say "Holy S***!" or
"Jesus Christ!". Her favorites were "For Garden Seed!" and "Mother
of Pearl!" as well as the more common "Heavenly Days!". I wonder
a) are there many expressions of this kind?
b) do they have geographical boundaries?
c) are they (becoming) obsolete in American speech?
All comments welcome, with thanks --
100422.2566[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]compuserve.com
6 St. Philip's Rd.
London E8 3BP