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Goodness gracious! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Goodness gracious!
I think it may be a sign of my advancing age that I now use the phrase "Goodness gracious!" without any irony at all. I just told a patron looking for Animal Farm, "All the Orwell seems to be out. Goodness gracious! We don't even have 1984 in."

Frighteningly, I realized that I've been using this phrase for awhile now.

:will now go shopping for blue rinse to put in my hair:
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gail_b From: gail_b Date: July 8th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
As long as you don't start saying, "Oh, my stars!", you'll be all right.
jiminyc From: jiminyc Date: July 8th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think we'll haul you off to the geriatric ward yet, Fern. But I know how you feel...I said "Mercy me!" a couple of weeks ago and could almost feel my body sprouting new wrinkles.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: July 8th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I declare!

I suppose you'll be saying "No chocolate in the library!" next?
From: anatomiste Date: July 8th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm only nineteen, and I'm already guilty of "Golly!"

Come to think of it, though, I had to learn "Golly!" from storybooks, as everyone who said it (at least, where I live) is already dead.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: July 8th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been guilty of "Good grief!" since I was about sixteen or so. Something about those words that begin with G.

Now, as long as all of us can stay away from "Heavens to Betsy!" we should be all right :)...
maerchen From: maerchen Date: July 8th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it makes you feel any better, I'm twenty and I've been saying "goodness gracious" and variations on it for years.

I guess that could make me feel *worse*, but I like to think that 'antiquated' phrases are quirky and cute on people my (or your) age. ;)
mafdet From: mafdet Date: July 8th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are certainly better than endless repetitions of profanity. I often pop out with some phrase like "Good heavens!" because I'd rather not swear. Unbecoming on a lady of my years and dignity. ;)
akilika From: akilika Date: July 8th, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, seventeen and I say "Good heavens!" too. ^^
queenrikki_hp From: queenrikki_hp Date: July 8th, 2004 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm only twenty and I'm rather fond of "nifty".
From: 88l71 Date: July 9th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You didn't follow it up with "...great balls of fire!" did you? Heh.

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