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  1. Tinkerbell's Avatar
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    S'

    The fat man drew a big knife from his belt and flourished it about his head.
    "S'blood!" he ejaculated, fiercely.
    "S'bananas!" cried Beni, in a terrible voice.
    ??

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    Re: S'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    The fat man drew a big knife from his belt and flourished it about his head.
    "S'blood!" he ejaculated, fiercely.
    "S'bananas!" cried Beni, in a terrible voice.
    ??
    It's a contraction of "God's blood!", a blasphemous oath.
    Another common form, at least in AusE is "Struth!".

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    Re: S'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a contraction of "God's blood!", a blasphemous oath.
    Another common form, at least in AusE is "Struth!".
    Indeed it is! I can only assume that the response "S'bananas" is supposed to be sarcastic!

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    #4

    Re: S'

    Thank Raymott and Emsr2d2

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    Re: S'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a contraction of "God's blood!", a blasphemous oath.
    Another common form, at least in AusE is "Struth!".
    Other s/z imprecations are "'s Death" and "zounds" (a well-disguised abbreviation of 'God's wounds').

    b

    PS Perhaps the Chagos Islands were once called the 'Zounds Islands' - that's a Portuguese joke.
    Last edited by BobK; 23-Apr-2010 at 17:58. Reason: Added PS

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    #6

    Re: S'

    what about s'wonderful?

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    Re: S'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    what about s'wonderful?
    That's just a contraction of "It's wonderful".

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