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    By Jove!

    Which exclamation phrases do you use when you feel like expressing your amazement? Something tells me 'By Jove!' or 'God almighty!' would sound old-fashioned. If so, would you share a couple of newer ones, please?
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    Re: By Jove!

    And b*gger me, sh*t, etc. We're ruder today than in the By Jove days of yore.

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    Re: By Jove!

    Which letter have you asterisked, Tdol? I don't know the word.
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    Re: By Jove!

    Many Americans still avoid vulgarity. You may hear "Goodness!", "Wow!", "Holy moley!" and a slew of other exclamations if you visit our shores when the world reopens.
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    Re: By Jove!

    If one "Wow" isn't enough I might say, "Wow! Wow!" Sometimes three "Wow"s.

    I haven't tried "Holey moley" yet

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    Re: By Jove!

    The most common, and least vulgar, amongst my friends and relatives is probably "Bloody hell!", closely followed by "Blimey!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: By Jove!

    We eagerly anticipate a "Crikey!" when someone on the British Antiques Roadshow learns the dusty vase they were ready to throw away is worth a hundred thousand pounds.

    (For learners: "blimey" and "crikey" are not used in American English.)
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    Re: By Jove!

    One of my friends, a Newfie, always said "Holy muckfay". For the uninitiated, muckfay is what we used to call pig Latin in my ancient school days.

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    Re: By Jove!

    'Muckfay' means 'f*ck' in pig Latin, right?
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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    'Muckfay' means 'f*ck' in pig Latin, right?
    In Ireland you have the less offensive alternative of "feck".
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