One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An exclamation of surprise, alarm, horror, or reproach: ‘good Lord!’ Compare magtig.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Edward Alexander (1803–1885), army officer. Partly (i) from Dutch allemachtig (Afrikaans allemagtig, allamagtig), specific use of an older variant of almachtig (perhaps reinforced by alle, oblique form of al, frequently used in interjections);.
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