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  • interj. An expression of surprise or shock.
  • interj. An expression of dismay and disgust.


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  • According to Joan Hall, editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English at the University of Wisconsin, the frequency of use of good grief and goodness gracious is running neck and neck, with good Lord and good gracious off the pace by half.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time


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  • Charlie Brown is The Master of Good Grief. (Grief is always good. If you do not grief, your heart is dead, and that's not good.. for anyone.)

    March 2, 2009

  • John, it does me too! That's what I love about the title. It plays on those two words we all are so familiar with. I think that if I were in the market for a book on how to work through my grief, I'd pick this one off the shelf before one titled "Working Through Your Grief: 20 Easy Steps" (I totally made that up) or something like that. Personally, I don't do grief "good" at all. I very much prefer Charlie Brown's version!

    March 2, 2009

  • I don't mean to be flip or diminish anyone's grief, but this always reminds me of Charlie Brown:

    March 2, 2009

  • It always hurts -- especially so when they just up and leave. I'm sorry for your grief.

    There's another book of the same title, different author, available from Chevron Publishing.

    March 2, 2009

  • Helpful book for some, I'm sure. Sometimes it hurts when other people leave us, just like that, and go back Home.

    March 2, 2009

  • Also the name of a book that helps people work through the grieving process.

    March 2, 2009

  • I thought to myself good grief, when I saw the previous page and the quote over there. Going to google now.

    March 1, 2009