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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!

    'By Jove!' sounds very dated to me, but 'God almighty!' is still heard.

    I'm afraid that many expressions of surprise, shock, horror are not too genteel these days. Variants of 'F*** me!' are common for some people.
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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!

    The first asterisk is a u, the second an i.
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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!

    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!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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