Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,
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Wednesday word: gadzooks

Gadzooks:

interjection/exclamation: (a mild oath)

Origin:   Late 1600s, English, archaic.

So... just how many of our seemingly benign exclamations and slang terms have potentially offensive or blasphemous origins?

The exclamation "gadzooks" sounds so silly and innocent in our modern language, but it's origins are believed to come from the exclamation "God's hooks" indicating the nails of the Crucifixion. A conversation led me to wonder at the origin of this silly word, and I was pretty surprised at what I found! :-)    (Other variations ranging from the even sillier to the possibly even more offensive: gadsbobs, godsookers, gadslid, and gadsniggers)
Tags: archaic, english, g, interjection, slang, wordsmith: trellia_chan
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