Date: Sun, 30 Apr 1995 08:53:09 -0400
From: Heilan Yvette Grimes HEP2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: I swan
Anyone know the origin of the Southernism "I swan?" Meaning, I think,
"golly! goodness! I tell you!" and any other euphemism for surprise--
Actually, it's a New England expression equivalent to "I swear." Such as "I
swear I know the answer to this." "I swan I know the answer to this." I think
the southern equivalent wout be "I do declare I know the answer to this."