I have a friend who frequently exclaims, "Oh my wordy!" when she's taken aback. Rough language, I know. (She's a Starbucks-swiggin', PT Cruiser-drivin', office-managin' street-tough.)
My grandma used to shout, "Lawsy!" or "Lawsy Day!" when she was amazed or dismayed. I had this friend in high school whose name was ... I'll say "Mike Day." I often called him "Lawsy," or "Lawsy Day," but I don't think he fully appreciated that nickname as an expression of my amazement of him. (Snicker-snort.)
Last night at Girls' Group, we got into a discussion about colloquialisms. A couple of my friends regularly say something on the order of, "I haven't eaten key lime pie in a coon's age." Which is why I generally sit away from them at Girls' Group. I don't know what it means, but that's just scary.
I don't have so many expressions like that. That's probably because in the denomination in which I was reared, we didn't go in for that smut talk. In fact, in honor of my past religious upbringing, I think I should re-phrase that last sentence to say, "We did not go in for that smut talk," as contractions were also frowned upon. Perhaps the word "contraction" was too close to childbirth, which was too close to ...sex, which was too close to ... DANCING.
Hoosiers have some strange speech patterns. One common feature is to pronounce many vowels as long E's. "Put the feesh on the deesh." We don't like long O's at the ends of words: "Open the winda, Linda." "Her kids were born in O-hi-ah."
Sometimes I say "dang" or "crap," but I'm not proud of that. If I'm in my car and another driver pulls a stupid stunt, I might blurt out "Dang, dude!" and then I think, "Ugh, you sounded just like Hurley. What if that stunt had resulted in an fatal accident, and your last words were 'Dang, dude!' and the last song you ever heard was the dumb 70s song 'Hooked on a Feeling' [ooga-chocka, ooga-chocka, ooga, ooga, ooga chocka!] because you listen to oldies radio like an old fart!?"
GASP! Did I just say f*art??? This blog is going downhill fast.
So, 'fess up. What are your verbal paroxysms of choice? What's your wordy?