Inspired by mrincredible. And this guy (mostly sounds, but also some choice epithets):
Nothing on "Holy Hazelnuts!" though?
Along with "phooey" I'll use "fiddlesticks". It bemuses the younger generation, who seem to be most of the people around here.
I like "holy cow." It feels just old enough to be retro, but not too old that it ventures into "23 skiddoo" territory.
this is one that I hear in my head as I read some people's social media posts. The unspoken "harrumph."
"Jinkies" and "zoinks" (not the username) also seem to get a little attention.
You don't hear "jeepers!" very often these days either.
Horry Rumpf was (or still is) a freelance photographer in the Philadelphia area. His credit in the paper was “H. Rumpf.”
Heavens to Murgatroyd!
"Egad" graces the crossword quite often.
My wife would give me serious "side-eye" if I used any of those mentioned so far.
I don’t know if it counts, but I say “ay ay ay” which I got from my grandmother. I always assumed it was Italian. Turns out she most likely got it from I Love Lucy
Zut works very well, and I thank Ridski for reminding me of my Maman. She also used to mutter Bozhe moi (my god, in Russian)
I was the ultimate Peanuts fan.
spontaneous said:I don’t know if it counts, but I say “ay ay ay” which I got from my grandmother. I always assumed it was Italian. Turns out she most likely got it from I Love Lucy
Usually spelt aï aï aï these days. Could be Yiddish background, Eastern European or Spanish/Portuguese speaking.
Gadzooks! That's not an interjection!
Holy schnikeys! It's the very antithesis of an interjection!
mrincredible said: dave said:meh Gadzooks! That's not an interjection!Holy schnikeys! It's the very antithesis of an interjection!
I co-wrote a whole show around Gadzooks, but after using “nuts!” So much in our shows, when we had the chance I was particularly fond of “space nuts” and still use it to this day.
When my “ressa-fressa-farsa-fissa” starts getting too repetitive, another nearly lifelong go-to:
Drat, and double drat.
Also got this one from my dad - have no idea if this is correct spelling - Phenobulations!
mulemom said:Dagnabbit! Also got this one from my dad - have no idea if this is correct spelling - Phenobulations!
--- also from Yosemite Sam.
"BABY!!!", or (in more genteel company) "ONGA-BONGA!!!"
D will resort to a very put-upon ‘oh come ON!!’ as he rarely uses strong language.
Slightly dated NYC slang. Brooklyn via Shaolin (Staten Island)
Adds emphasis and an air of finality to whatever you just said. Similar to saying ‘word’.
yikes, yeeks, jeez and oh f*ck me are my go-tos
In high school, when U. Raymond IV was 2 or 3 years old, my buddies nicknamed me Usher, because a couple of times I said “Oh sh**” with such embarrassed haste that that’s how it came out. “Usher,” period, was me. “Usher,” exclamation point, became our expletive.
Sugar plum fairy!
Fudge ripple ice cream!
Puzzling over that collision of consonants, a refrain in the Dr. Dolittle books, helped make me fall in love with words.
DaveSchmidt said:Pshaw! Puzzling over that collision of consonants, a refrain in the Dr. Dolittle books, helped make me fall in love with words.
That’s why I love muttering in Polish under my breath; most people have no idea I’m only talking about kettles or medieval diseases
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