American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used as a mild or ironic oath: "Gadzooks! Is there a panic detector, akin to a smoke detector, that sniffs anxiety in the air?” ( George F. Will).
- interj. archaic An expression of surprise, shock etc.
- Contraction of God’s hooks, with reference to the nails of the crucifixion of Jesus. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration of God's hooks, the nails of the crucifixion of Christ. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In addition, they considered the surprising success of Mr. Marmaduke Fennel's eighteenth-century story, For Love of a Lady, as compared with the more moderate sales of Miss Elspeth Lancaster's In Scarlet Sidon, that candid romance of the brothel; deducing therefrom that the "gadzooks" and "by'r lady" type of reading-matter was ready to revive in vogue.”
“Isn't the lady writing, not in her original Bangla (red lines again!) or Bengali (better!) but – gadzooks – in English?”
“This afternoon, two local Union 76/Conoco Phillips (gadzooks, these mergers make for long names) gas stations in my Los Angeles neighborhood posted the number I recently anticipated would be the price this summer: full serve 91-Octane (premium) gasoline: $4.99/gallon.”
“The Mail On Sunday might be a sewer of sleaze and disreputable journalism, but gadzooks, it does have its uses sometimes..”
“The TZs are pronounced like the terminal ds in the word dads or like the dz in gadzooks.”
“Hopefully by now you will be aware of my colleague Travis - gadzooks, he is Timothy Claypole, and he seems to have inherited some of his magical powers.”
“And thy chiefest accomplishment is taking snuff with a bel air, patching, painting, powdering like a woman, and squeaking like an eunuch, gadzooks.”
“Have you, good master [gramercies, gadzooks, etc., according to taste], a couple of sugar figures in Spanish dress, each draped in a cloak?”
“A meal at the club, and gadzooks but his stomach was in arms!”
“My engaging friend here has -- an I mistake not -- a passport ready for me in the pocket of his sable-hued coat, and as we are hoping effectually to spit one another over there ... gadzooks! but there's the specific purpose ....”
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Words or Sayings from the 1920's or whatever that no one really uses anymore (at least in that context).
Loved for their ingenuity, an exact description, or simply for the pure joy of it.
Words that make me Laugh Quietly to Myself (its more honest) or refer to humor.
A collection of interjections and verbal ejaculations.
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Nouns that are common in plural form but are non-existent or rarely used in singular form.
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