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    "Holy ma.....!" What's the word?

    Hello, I'm trying to use an idiomatic expression (above) but don't know how to spell the 2nd word: is it mackerel? Please help? Thanks very much!

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    Re: "Holy ma.....!" What's the word?

    Holy mackerel!

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    Re: "Holy ma.....!" What's the word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    Holy mackerel!
    I don't know about its status in Am E, but in Br E it's on the way out (perhaps there's such a word as 'archaescent', meaning 'becoming archaic' - if not, consider it coined )

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    Re: "Holy ma.....!" What's the word?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't know about its status in Am E, but in Br E it's on the way out (perhaps there's such a word as 'archaescent', meaning 'becoming archaic' - if not, consider it coined )

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    I don't hear or use this expression much, although it is still well known.
    There are more popular "Holy ......" expressions used here.


    Not a teacher.
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    Re: "Holy ma.....!" What's the word?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't know about its status in Am E, but in Br E it's on the way out (perhaps there's such a word as 'archaescent', meaning 'becoming archaic' - if not, consider it coined )

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    I do.

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