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Gosh, really? Learn the religious meaning of “golly,” “gosh” and “gee.”

Gosh, golly, and gee casually express surprise or excitement, right? Actually, they have a more serious origin and purpose.

While this folksy trio are informal interjections, they are also euphemistic alterations of the word “god” or, in the case of gee, “Jesus.” The use of gosh predates golly by about 100 years. 

Euphemisms substitute a mild or vague expression for one that is considered to be offensive or harsh. They often come into play with words concerned with religion, sex, death, and excreta. For example, if you wanted to employ a euphemism to say that someone died, you might say that he passed away or departed.

The derivation of euphemism is the Greek root eu-, which means “good,” and pheme, which means “speaking.” During religious ceremonies, ancient Greeks superstitiously avoided euphemes. These were words or phrases that were considered sacred, such as the name of a deity like Persephone.

 Ancient Greeks weren’t the only people to consider certain words ineffable. Religious Jews use the tetragrammaton or, tetragram, as a sort of euphemistic Hebrew name for God that was supposedly revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai. It consists of the four consonants Y H V H or Y H W H. It’s modern transliteration is Jehovah or Yahweh.

Blaspheme is the opposite of eupheme. What’s the difference between blasphemous language, cursing, and swearing? Read about that here.

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76 Comments

  1. Gizelle -  February 7, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    My mom used to slap me for saying gee whiz. She said it was too close to saying Jesus. I used to get so mad because I didn’t mean it that way and I was sure no one interpreted it that way. I always thought she was nuts!

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  2. pearl -  October 24, 2013 - 11:39 am

    What abour saying oh my goodness? I hear that a lot and when I looked it up it was also considered to be another word meaning God.

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  3. Malcolm -  April 16, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    I remember an early seventies comedy starring a British comedy actor Derek Nimmo. He played a very mild mannered vicar. His catchphrase was ‘Oh My Golly Gosh’. Does anyone remember this comedy series. It was being shown at the same period as Please Sir, Fenn St Gang, etc etc.

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  4. Lisa -  April 11, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    The person saying the phrase “Ya know” is doing so to get a positive response or acknowledgement to their comment. Asking them if they understand, not in a way to make it seem that the person they are talking to is dumb, but in a way to get an acceptance of their thoughts. At least that is how I think of it. I am a person who uses that phrase more than I should or I say it this way as well.
    “Ya know what I mean?” That’s just my two cents.

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  5. Dana -  August 10, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Maybe the “Yeah no” is really a slurred version of “Yeah, I know”, as in “Yeah, I know. I do that, too.” It is easy for the middle word “I” to get lost and sound like just “Yeah no”.
    Slurring — That’s how “I would have done something” began to sound like “I would OF done something.”

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  6. Dennis Laren Harden -  July 13, 2012 - 6:43 am

    hades and heck- two other names , interjections and they are also two euphernistic alternatives of the word hell . 1.Heck- that place you go to if you dont believe in Gosh. 2.Hades -that place you go to if you dont believe in Golly. 3.Hell- that place you go to if you dont believe in God. and 4.Oh my lo! is also short for : oh my land and oh my lard. 5.Chrizt another way to spell Christ. 6.Geaz another way to spell Geez. 1.Geez Louise 2.Geaz Louise

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  7. Dennis Laren Harden -  July 9, 2012 - 11:10 am

    jessus chris’ is my lard and savour – is another way of saying jesus christ is my lord and savior and oh my lo! is short for oh my lord

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  8. Dennis Laren Harden -  June 20, 2012 - 8:49 am

    oh my land same as saying oh my lord , and oh land same as saying oh lord , and my land same as saying my lord

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  9. Dennis Laren Harden -  June 20, 2012 - 8:37 am

    oh my land an interjection of the term oh my lord , and my land an interjection of the term my lord and oh land a interjection of the term oh lord

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  10. Dennis Laren Harden -  June 19, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    {n.} gee whiz the south jersey /athf word for” jesus”.used to not offend sensitive viewers or the fcc.

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  11. Dennis Laren Harden -  June 19, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    gee wiz is like saying “jesus” without being accused of swearing more often used as a negative exclamation than a positive one. like saying 1.Gee Wiz what have you done with your hair 2.Jesus christ what have you done with your hair. 3.Geez louise what have you done with your hair.

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  12. Michael Robinson -  May 19, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Euphemisms by design are intended to “pretty-up” blasphemes.

    The difference between Cursing, Swearing, and Blasphemous Language is for example:

    Cursing: The words “dang, dang-it, gosh dang-it” are asking God to damn the object that you are cursing. Of course, if the speaker didn’t really intend to invoke the name of God to actually damn something to hell, then he has therefore used the Name of god in vain. (“in vain” conveys this meaning: deliberate fruitlessness, idle threat, no intended substance or worth).

    Cursing is often considered a profanity because God has said:
    “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

    Swearing: ex: “I swear on my mother’s grave”. Is to issue a binding oath; a solemn declaration or affirmation. In order to seal his oath as authentic, or sincere to the core of his being, the swearer often invokes something of universally accepted merit, importance, or sacred truth to imply that his personal credence is of equal virtue to that in which he has sworn upon.

    Swearing is often considered a profanity because God has said: “But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath.” —James 5:12

    Blasphemous Language: “Blaspheme” basically means “evil-speaking”. It is perceived as irreverent language; showing lack of due respect or veneration toward what is held to be sacred; therefore, the interpretation is quite subjective.

    For example: If a person is of a Muslim or Catholic faith, he may consider it to be Blasphemous to point out that in the balance both of these religions are equal, in that they both unknowingly worshiping the man Nimrod (son of Cush).

    It is a historical fact that the Islamic faith uses the name “Allah” in place of the name Nimrod; while the Catholic faith uses the name “Jesus” in place of the name Nimrod, and furthermore the Catholic faith uses the name “Mary the Queen of the Heavens” in place of Nimrod’s mother, Semiramis Queen of the Heavens. But in spite of the historical documentation of these facts having been recorded by these religions themselves, the faithful believers are readily offended by even the mere mention of these facts. History shows that it is preferable to those who “religiously” follow the Catholic and Muslim faiths to simply claim blasphemy and kill the messenger rather than to examine the underlying facts of the message.

    Although belief systems are deeply personal, they can become cultural systems which almost always influence the worldview of the religious minded person even if based soley upon emotion and blind faith.

    Today’s modern religions seem to come in more sophisticated packaging, such as Atheism, Gnosticism, Secular Humanism, Gaia Worship, and Faith-Based Scientific Claims such as global warming, evolution, etc. The faithful practitioners of these arts may consider it to be Blasphemous to point out the religious nature of their belief systems.

    But in all cases, religion is mankind’s attempt to “cover himself” with God. The first religion is where Adam covered his nakedness with a fig leaf. Adam may have felt more respect-worthy by concealing the evidences of his transgression, but in spite of hiding the evidence the broken relationship remained.

    The words that come out of our mouth reflect what is in our heart. That’s why, by nature, no other name on earth is used as a cuss word, except the Name of God (in various forms). By nature, mankind is profane and the sum of his life is vanity. God says, “The heart of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it” Jer. 17:9.

    Instead of “prettying-up” our blasphemies, it may be wise for each of to consider how to restore our own personal relationship with God Almighty and gain Holiness as our first nature, rather than concealing our profanity with euphemisms , religious beliefs and practices.

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  13. Don't Talk to Me -  April 7, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Sort of boring article….. But I liked it anyways….. I clicked on the difference between blasphemous words…. But it was just a blank page… Weird? or what?

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  14. Mike -  March 21, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    Yeah! First post!!!!! Whooohooo!!!

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  15. Yeah...No -  February 27, 2012 - 11:44 am

    My friends are going to a heavy metal band concert tonight and I think you should come.

    “Yeah…no.

    Yeah…that’s nice, but no I wont be going.

    That’s what it means. Yes, I understand what you are saying,,,but no I wont be having any of it.

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  16. bob -  January 15, 2012 - 8:48 am

    Jeez for Jesus or Jee, but Gee ? Gee as in geek?

    check spelling , it took me some time to make the connection of Gee for J

    bob

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  17. Redmask -  December 22, 2011 - 1:07 am

    if one uses a code word that no one else recognizes, is that code word still tied to the original word (meaning)? If someone says golly!, but no one knows it refers to god, does it still mean god?

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    • Karolyn Liberty (@karoliberty) -  April 25, 2014 - 9:18 am

      who’s no one?

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  18. elizabeth -  November 17, 2011 - 9:44 am

    I went to a Catholic high school, and one teacher took these words so seriously that we would get in big trouble for saying “gosh” or “gee,” etc., because he said it was still like taking the Lord’s name in vain. I thought it was kind of silly, but I guess if that’s really important to someone, then it would also be important not to use the euphemisms!

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  19. prin09 -  May 19, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    @vanessa damn isn’t a bad word

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  20. Stacy -  April 24, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    The only person I know to have said these three words was ‘Ernest P. Worrell’. I always thought it was cute even though I don’t say them myself. But I always thought taking the Lord’s name in vain was the G-D word. No that word I do not tolerate whatsoever. And, of course, saying Jesus Christ as slang and placing any word after Holy is terrible. Gosh, golly and gee to me don’t sound like saying you’re using it as a substitute for God. I say God a lot but not in slang terms. In prayer, yes. I don’t curse but I guess when I get agitated I do say ,’crap’ which is probably worse than gosh, golly and gee. Maybe I need to rethink my words. The S word was an Anglo-Saxon word for, well, we all know it’s for a bathroom break. When the French came over to America and heard this word, they thought it sounded to harsh and it was better to say ‘deficate’(which is in the dictionary) as it was more proper. So, now, people can just start saying, “Oh, deficate.” Either way, they both mean the same things. Though I wouldn’t say the s word.

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  21. vlad -  January 21, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Very interesting (see Arte Johnson). I would love to know how “gee, whiz” originated. Also, many communicants seem HUNG UP on the meaning of IN VAIN. That seems to be a personal interpretation, I believe.
    Or I may be wrong (see Dennis Miller)

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  22. toni sco -  January 18, 2011 - 3:59 am

    What does Gee Wilickers (spelling?) mean?

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    • GeeWillikers! -  August 28, 2014 - 3:28 pm

      um, i actually don’t know entirely… but i use it every once in a while. I read somewhere that it means another phrase I can’t remember that still somehow leads to “God” and other things like that… but honestly I still don’t know.

      Gee Willikers is how you spell it, though.

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  23. stef -  January 15, 2011 - 7:19 pm

    no offense,but all of you should listen to the phrase: if you don’t have anything nice tosay,don’t say anything at all.

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  24. Tetulicious -  January 15, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    I still don’t understand why so amny people still use the words ” Gosh, Golly, and Gee” when they would propably have read this article. By the way, can you see if you can find the definition and origin of the word Slang? I also still don’t know how the origin and definition are used when saying it.
    Also, see if you can figure out some words that babies make up and ( in some cases, like me ) use it for the rest of their lifes. It’s kinda like me, because my first word was ” Tetu”, and since then, my parents nicknamed me that. :)

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  25. irrevenoid -  January 15, 2011 - 7:00 pm

    “Gosh” I get, but would love more info on how language got from “God” -> “Golly”.

    The “Yeah no” thing is pretty simple – The “yeah” is a simple acknowledgement of the question, and the “no” is the answer. A person is no more a moron for using it than you are for the dozens of idioms you no doubt use regularly without realising. Language changes.

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  26. hakeem -  January 15, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    it could also be curly hair’s explanation

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  27. hakeem -  January 15, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    anonymus is also right but for a different situation, his situation means YEAH i hear you but NO i disagree

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  28. hakeem -  January 15, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    you guys are all idiots for thinking that people say yeah no for no reason, that makes no sense. woooooowwww you guys are sooo stupid

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  29. hakeem -  January 15, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    dave the hawk, they are not saying yeah no they are saying yeah i know as in yes i know what you are talking about

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  30. crickette -  January 15, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    I am commenting on the whole gosh, golly, gee thing. I would have never in a million years thought that something that is used in a non-serious sometime comical sense would have such a serious background. Very cool.

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  31. Zippi -  December 30, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    Regarding the “yeah, no” thing, people are just not thinking; I find myself doing it. It is a nonsensical interjection, for example, people say “you know,” when you obviously don’t, which is why they are telling you whatever it is that they are telling you; another example is, “the problem is is…” We pick up expression with no thought as to what they mean and we have become accustomed to deciphering what people are telling us, rather than responding to what they actually say. Most of what people say, these days, is nonsense but we decode what they mean, rather than listen to what they say. Sadly, people are not corrected, when they make mistakes and our television and newspapers are propagating nonsense. The major argument that I hear is, “what does it matter, as long people know what you mean.” My fear is that there will soon come a time when people don’t know what is meant; already, i have terrible trouble deciphering what is written in our newspapers.

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  32. Vanessa -  December 9, 2010 - 11:59 am

    I agree that it is wrong to use euphamisms that just make what you are trying to say a little easier on the ears. I do not allow myself or my family to take the Lord’s name in vain – as we are commanded in the scriptures! We say “Oh my” and that is all. Adding God, Gosh, Golly would be wrong. Same as saying CRAP or SHOOT in the place of SHIT. That is wrong! And using DANG or DANG-IT, in the place of DAMN or DAMN-IT. That is wrong. It is still swearing/cursing in my book!! Why risk it?? If you really want to please God you should avoid anything that even resembles something that is wrong! Eternal life is not something that you want to mess up!

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  33. Pi is awesome -  October 22, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    This kind of reminds me of an old legend of Zelda game(Its the only one to use sound THANK GOD!)Link:”Gee it sure is boring around here.” Me:”Gee It sure is boring around Link”

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  34. Anonymous -  October 22, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    People say “da” instead of “the” now a days, do you know were the slang Da originated from?

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  35. Xervous -  October 21, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    @el The common interpretation of that passage among English speakers as “don’t say God’s name” is the result of poor translation (though it could be argued that the translation is fine and that modern readers are just missing archaic connotations of the words used). A similar translation that provides a better sense of the meaning of the original text uses “bear” in place of “take.” That is, the passage is instructing readers not to do works in god’s name if they have not received his blessing.

    I mean no offence, but do you really think that an omnipotent being would be so petty az to care if humans say its name?

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  36. Curly Hair -  October 2, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    I heard someone say “golly” two days ago. I was quite surprised. Just thought I’d throw that in here.

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  37. Anonymous -  October 2, 2010 - 2:22 pm

    @DaveTheHawk the term “yeah, no” is sort of in two parts, one for each word. So the “yeah” part is like acknowleadgement of the question, while “no” is actually answering the question. btw i am a kid who frequently uses the expression so i should know.

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  38. Darwin Christ Almighty! -  September 28, 2010 - 9:33 am

    I’m surprised the term “minced oath” appears nowhere in this article.

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  39. monique -  September 28, 2010 - 8:52 am

    This is a stupid article . .

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  40. AMD -  September 27, 2010 - 3:53 pm

    @Stephanie Davidson

    That would be an anagram, not an euphemism…

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  41. BobF -  September 27, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    Melissa – we can probably all agree with your explanation as to the meaning of ‘yeah, no’, but I’d still have to say that it strikes me as a very poor way to express oneself. Unfortunately, it seems to have become quite common. We actually have someone here at the office who takes it a step further with ‘Yeah, no, yeah’. Drives me crazy!

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  42. Mike D. -  September 27, 2010 - 1:20 pm

    @El: Why would the Almighty give his servants his personal name unless he wanted them to use it? Taking his name in vain means using it for frivolous means, like swearing by it. But saying his name in prayer is for sure acceptable to the God of the Bible. His name doesn’t appear over 7,000 times in that book for nothing. It differentiates him between other “gods” and “lords”, like Jesus, Dagon and Ba’al.

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  43. Bieber Shawty -  September 27, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    Wow, i thought “achoo” was natural!

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  44. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 27, 2010 - 6:48 am

    Huh that’s good to know because i say om my gosh alot and if it was bad to say i would feel so bad because i’m a christian too!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  45. el -  September 27, 2010 - 2:10 am

    @ Eze: No, it’s not interesting as one shall not, according to the Ten Commandments, take the Lord’s name in vain.

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  46. yesterday -  September 27, 2010 - 12:15 am

    I agree w/ curly hair
    i think “ya know” could be like “you know” or “you know what” so one can indicate that they would like you to know something, but an article would help.
    also, these phrases are still used in the past ten years. (usher’s song “oh my gosh” and SNSD or girl’s generation “gee” are examples in songs.. i can’t think of anything with golly =__=’) But the point is that this article is useful to those who are curious of the origins of these words. ^_____^

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  47. Eze -  September 26, 2010 - 10:27 pm

    @ Faith: No, but isn’t it interesting that no one is bothered by how we continue to use euphemisms for God’s name (i.e. Lord), when the name is available?

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  48. Melissa -  September 26, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    DaveTheHawk, “Yeah, no.” Is really simple.
    All it is, is “Yeah I understand.” And then they use “no” as an interjection.
    Or even.
    Have you ever asked someone a question such as… “Do you really want to go?” and then someone says “No, I do.” or Something along the lines of that?
    The no is more of a reassurance thing.
    “Yeah.. I understand. No I really do.”
    And even some people do this sarcastic. “Yyeeeah, no.” thing. Example. Person 1 “John is really cool.” Person 5 “Yeeeah, no.”

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  49. Faith -  September 23, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    So it’s bad if ur a christian to say OH MY GOSH too??

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  50. Nathan -  September 21, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    You know, I always suspected that these words had religous value.

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  51. Curly Hair -  September 21, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Those transliterations of Y-H-V-H are not actually pronounced by Orthodox Jews. They believe the name – one of the many names of God for them – is too holy to be pronounced. So whenever the name appears written in their prayers or Torah, they pronounce it like a different name of God that is less holy than the Tetragrammaton – although they still are forbidden to utter that one when not praying or reading from the Torah.

    @Stephanie Davidson: Somehow I don’t think so.

    @DaveTheHawk: Maybe they’re saying “Ya know, I do that too!”

    @BobbyAmericano: That’s not necessarily true. I use the word “gosh” often and have heard others use it. Emma Watson said it in an interview. Napoleon Dynamite says it, too (although he’s probably not the best example). Golly, however, is definitely outdated, but I think there are people who still use the word “gee”, although I imagine i’s somewhat rare.

    @Friday: Yes.

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  52. #1 Skillet fan -  September 21, 2010 - 10:34 am

    i left a comment yesterday. Why doesn’t it show up? this is like the forth time this has happened in the past two weeks. Odd

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  53. camcam -  September 21, 2010 - 9:04 am

    I’m confuzzled…

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  54. Guest -  September 20, 2010 - 10:17 am

    Good Read.

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  56. Friday -  September 20, 2010 - 5:13 am

    I’m guessing jeez is the same as gee?

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  57. Name? Doesn't matter -  September 20, 2010 - 5:03 am

    Wow i’m the first to comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This blog is kinda weird, but i think it’s good to not cuss and instead say stuff like gosh!

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  58. BobbyAmericano -  September 20, 2010 - 4:56 am

    is this serious? Nobody uses these words…. nobody. As a matter of fact, people make fun of people who use the word GEE, GOSH, or GOLLY. They honestly haven’t been heard for years, at least 10 years.

    Get with the times dictionary dot com

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  59. Paolo Merolla -  September 20, 2010 - 4:34 am

    So interesting indeed! I studied ancient Greek and Latin, and now I don’t remember but a few of the expressions you explained: wanna go searching for my old school books.
    Thank you so much!

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  60. devashri -  September 20, 2010 - 4:30 am

    nice and useful…

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  61. Allison -  September 20, 2010 - 4:26 am

    I just love the word origins that you supply! Now I wonder if I should question the use of “gosh, golly, gee” in public school…? Or is that taking the separation of church and state a bit too far? :-)

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  62. Anon -  September 20, 2010 - 2:01 am

    That should be “its modern transliteration.” “It’s” is a contraction of “it” and “is.” Come on, blog author. You work for a dictionary.

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  63. Isabel Tibbles -  September 20, 2010 - 12:22 am

    hahaha just a few days ago i was trying to tell my friend that ‘GEE’ is short for ‘Jesus’, now i have proof!!
    thankyou!

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  64. Anjuli -  September 19, 2010 - 11:59 pm

    I love how you have all that cool trivia and all those long words… and that one misplaced apostrophe in the fifth paragraph. For shame. :P Really though, good to know. Thanks.

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  65. Anita -  September 19, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    There cannot be a difference “between” blasphemous language, cursing, and swearing. There can be a difference AMONG these three words.

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  66. Pi -  September 19, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    I take it that should be “its modern transliteration* and not “it’s modern transliteration”. Otherwise, great article :)

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  67. Chroma -  September 19, 2010 - 9:54 pm

    okay, so what are the origins of these three words?
    All I did was read what a euphemism was, and get confused about the difference between a euphemism and a eupheme.

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  68. Josh Lewis -  September 19, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Interesting article. This is something I should consider.

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  69. Lindsey Whitney -  September 19, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Interesting. I did know about gosh and gee, but golly was new to me. Thanks for sharing!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

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  70. supersweetness -  September 19, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    This is a cool new look at these words

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  71. Marilyn -  September 19, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    When I clicked, “What’s the difference between blasphemous language, cursing, and Searing? Read about that here,” I reached a blank page that had “Nothing found for what-th%F…” in the tab title bar.

    That’s not cool. Was someone trying to be funny? Well, they weren’t.

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  72. Glace -  September 19, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    WOW, first! I asked my friend which they thought was older: golly or gosh?
    They of course got it wrong. I would have missed it too.

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  73. DaveTheHawk -  September 19, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Hello Blogwrites:

    Please write an article on the use of: “Yeah No”
    I have no idea where that came from or what it means
    but people are using it everywhere; kids, adults, young adults,
    radio and television personalities.
    How it’s used:
    When one person is talking and someone interrupts them
    they start with the “Yeah No, I do that too.”
    Do they mean Yes I do that but also No, I am a moron?
    I think that’s what it must mean.
    Thanks for noticing me.

    Dave

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  74. Stephanie Davidson -  September 19, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Could “for CRYING OUT LOUD” be a euphemism “for CHRIST OUR LORD”?

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