SLANGS?? wat excatly does HOLYCOW, HOLY SH*T,BYJOE,GOSH mean?

United States
March 21, 2007 4:21pm CST
i have heard many people using these but wat excatly this mean,can someone let me knw pls?
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@ycswid (279)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
I didn't look up all of the meanings but I was able to find this from Wikipedia. I hope you find it helpful in explaining some of what you are asking. I had no idea where the origin was from so at least this is a place to start. Take from it what you will - Holy cow!" is an exclamation of surprise used in American English. Its source is uncertain: From the Dictionary of American Slang (1960): "Holy cow!" Equiv. to "Holy cats!"both being euphemisms for "Holy Christ!". This term is not considered to be very popular among teenagers, and most teens claim it is definitely not a very popular phrase. It is, however, the common oath and popular exclamation put into the mouths of teenagers by many script writers, and, is universally heard on radio, television, and in the movies. It was first popularized by the "Corliss Archer" series of short stories, television programs, and movies, which attempted to show the humorous, homey side of teenage life. Paul Beale (1985), however, in revising Eric Partridge's "Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British" cites a different origin: The original 'Captain Marvel' and 'Batman' oaths, 'holy (something harmless),' were in turn spoofed in later C20 by whatever seemed relevant to the situation. Nigel Rees, in Very Interesting... But Stupid: Catchphrases from the World of Entertainment, 1980, instances "holy flypaper!", "holy cow!", "holy felony!", "holy geography!," "holy schizophrenia!", "holy haberdashery!", etc., and adds, "The prefix 'holy' to any exclamation was particularly the province of Batman and [his boy assistant] Robin, characters created by Bob Kane and featured in best-selling comic books for over thirty years before they were portrayed by Adam West and Burt Ward in the TV film series." "Holy cow" was the catchphrase of legendary baseball player and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto on George Costanza's key chain.