One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing surprise or indignation.‘‘Zounds,’ said the Admiral, ‘it goes on for ever.’’
- ‘Though confusingly three different and variously incompatible recordable DVD formats are created resulting in some unnecessary duplication of effort, zounds!’
- ‘Her faith - contrary to elite and popular belief about belief - is intelligent, exacting, and (zounds!) relevant.’
Late 16th century: contraction from (God)'s wounds (i.e. those of Christ on the Cross).
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