One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially among cockneys) expressing surprise, awe, or consternation.‘Lawks, girl, where've you sprung from?’
- ‘And with the buses and taxis blowing their horns… lawks.’
- ‘Oh, lawks, but this could take me off anywhere.’
- ‘‘Oh, lawks,’ said the First Acolyte, Pen of Truth poised in mid-air.’
- ‘Although I would never actually utter any of these words, to me it seems as though my conversation is peppered with lawks and lumme and strike a light.’
Mid 18th century: alteration of lord.
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