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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    In Ireland you have the less offensive alternative of "feck".
    It has to be done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNwcXtWFWic

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    Re: By Jove!

    I had a pet hamster called "Feck". I got him at the time that Father Ted was it its most popular. The most amusing thing, for me, was when I had to take him to the vet and, when it was his turn to be examined, the vet would poke her head out of her room and shout "Feck" at the top of her voice. She was a fan of the show and loved the reaction from the other people in the waiting room too!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    If one "Wow" isn't enough I might say, "Wow! Wow!" Sometimes three "Wow"s.

    I haven't tried "Holey moley" yet

    Where I come from, it's Holy moly!

    There's always the good old, reliable Holy shit!

    I like Yikes!, Good grief!, and Whoa!

    One of my nieces frequently deploys O-M-G!

    And Maine has the highly evocative J.C. variants Jiminy Christmas! and Jeezum Crow!
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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    'Muckfay' means 'f*ck' in Pig Latin, right?
    Close. That would be uckfay.

    Muckfay would be Pig Latin for fmuck.

    What happens in Newfoundland stays in Newfoundland.
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    Re: By Jove!

    I didn't know there was the word 'fmuck' in English, but I googled and there is! Thanks for pointing that out. And for the correction of the error thanks too.

    Edit by moderator: Warning to other users: if you click on the link above, you will be taken to the Urban Dictionary where you will find a fairly offensive definition, including profanity.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Oct-2020 at 11:07. Reason: Added warning about contents of link
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I didn't know there was the word 'fmuck' in English, but I googled and there is! Thanks for pointing that out. And for the correction of the error thanks too.
    It's big news to me, too! Thanks!
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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I didn't know there was the word 'fmuck' in English, but I googled and there is! Thanks for pointing that out. And for the correction of the error thanks too.

    Edit by moderator: Warning to other users: if you click on the link above, you will be taken to the Urban Dictionary where you will find a fairly offensive definition, including profanity.
    I'd advise learners not to put too much faith in UrbanDictionary. It has its uses, but is very unrelaible.
    Last edited by probus; 19-Oct-2020 at 16:17. Reason: Typo

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    Re: By Jove!

    I think fmuck is on a par with Psmith as a language guide. The site is full of nonsense, but it is also full of good recordings of slang- anyone can post anything, so a lot is simply childish insults of a classmate, but it does catch all the latest real slang. Use it, but be wary. Simply enter the word in your search engine and see if it produces a few pages of relevant results.

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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think fmuck is on a par with Psmith as a language guide.
    Thanks for mentioning Psmith, Tdol. I always wondered why Wodehouse gave such a terrible-sounding name to the character, and thanks to you I have found out that the initial 'p' in 'Psmith' is mute!
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Thanks for mentioning Psmith, Tdol. I always wondered why Wodehouse gave such a terrible-sounding name to the character, and thanks to you I have found out that the initial 'p' in 'Psmith' is mute!
    Yes. Like psychic, psychotic, and psilocybin.

    The p is silent in words that begin with ps. (Or pn.) Most of us blame the Greeks.

    Wodehouse was just being cute.
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