from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to express anger, surprise, or indignation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. Expressing anger, surprise, assertion etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- interj. An exclamation formerly used as an oath, and an expression of anger or wonder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation formerly used as an oath or as an expression of anger or wonder.
When you go home tonight, roll some twenty siders with friends, use the word "zounds" in a sentence, then leaf through the 1E Dungeon Master's Guide and marvel at the breadth of the man's imagination.
Who that utters the word "zounds," imagines that he is speaking of such awful and inconceivable things as "God's wounds," though literally he is doing so?
Yet time was, when the innocent word "zounds" was written with the same culpatory dashes and hyphens as the "damns that have had their day;" and "pigs," we suppose, were exenterated in like manner: suggested only by their heads and tails, -- the first letter and the last.
Natalie Angier weighs in on the human proclivity for cursing in a lengthy essay in the NYT: "The Jacobean dramatist Ben Jonson peppered his plays with fackings and "peremptorie Asses," and Shakespeare could hardly quill a stanza without inserting profanities of the day like "zounds" or "sblood"
BTW, did you know that zounds! is a foreshortening of God's Wounds?
Labels: comics comments: annie said ... zounds! where did you meet this amazing scoundrel of graphic wonder!
June 3, 2009 at 7:35 am uh ohes… parrothead starting to zounds like Igor….
He was in deep awshucks mode, even admitting twice -- zounds!
February 7, 2008 at 10:45 am fear… is zounds liek… Boing boing boing…
Hmmm…zounds liek ai hab tew draw up an action plan outline fur Nov 2.