One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing surprise, anger, or affirmation.
- ‘In the University Parks, they were playing games I didn't know existed when I was young: lacrosse with mixed teams, egad!’
- ‘You stumble off a long flight, catch a glimpse of your mug in the mirror, and - egad!’
- ‘Of course, there's the predictable financial concerns (especially when I worked out yesterday how much, on average, I spend a week: egad!)’
- ‘The revelation that this crisis is really about - egad!’
Late 17th century: representing earlier A God.
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