Lingual Issue: Gee Whizz - the word itself. -1 reply

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#1 14 years ago

hi now english speaking ppl say Gee Whizz to espress a certain surprize / shock / impression. but where exactly does this word come from? Some ppl say it coms from "Jeeesus!!!" which seems quite sensible, but I'm not sure yet. well, anyone who knows the answer? :)




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#2 14 years ago

It does have a relation with "Jeeesus!!!". But it mostly comes from the word "[color=black]Geewilacurse![/color]".




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#3 14 years ago

What is the origin of Jesus Christ as swear word?

The use of Jesus Christ! is quite old but we can't be sure exactly when it began. It cannot have predated Middle English as, in Old English, haelend ("savior") was used rather than the name Jesus Christ. Shakespeare has several of his characters say Jesu! but earlier authors have the longer, and presumably original, oath by Jesus! This old oath now persists only s in "stage Irish" where it has become bejaysus.

James Joyce, with a great ear for vernacular language, put the words "Jesus wept, and no wonder, by Christ" into the mouth of one of the characters of his novel Ulysses. Jesus wept! We've all heard people say the words, but why? Why should anyone, when in distressing circumstances, offer a sudden observation regarding the lachrymal habits of their savior? In brief, it's because John 11:35 ("Jesus wept.") is the shortest verse in the Bible.

America seems to have been particularly fond of variants on this theme. First Jesus was shortened to gee or jeeze. Gee was further elaborated upon to give gee-whillickers, geewhillickins and gee-whizz. The ornate forms Jesus H. Christ! and holy jumping Jesus Christ! were first noticed in 1924.




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#4 14 years ago

There's AzH to explain something in FULL detail.:p




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#5 14 years ago

Google is my best friend *hugs Google*




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#6 14 years ago
~AzH~Google is my best friend *hugs Google*

That explains everything:lol:




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#7 14 years ago

I just say wtf or what the fuck to show my surprise.


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#8 14 years ago

plz explain again, what is Geewilacurse and what is gee-whillickers, geewhillickins ? :confused:




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#9 14 years ago
n0eI just say wtf or what the fuck to show my surprise.

yeah. i've started using "double-you tee eff" and also started calling 'real' people n00bs and saying lol. oh! the shame!!




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#10 14 years ago

:wtf: