End of ADS-L Digest - 21 Apr 1995 to 22 Apr 1995 ************************************************ There are 4 messages totalling 86 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Anodyne Expletives (4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 -- Orin Hargraves 100422.2566[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]compuserve.com 6 St. Philip's Rd. London E8 3BP ENGLAND