possible antedate of indiscriminative "whatever"?

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sun Jul 23 14:41:23 UTC 2006

The semantics of interjections can be so slippery!

I remember, in the 4th or 5th grade, encountering the word "pshaw" in a spelling textbook (are those still called "spellers"?  Do they still EXIST?).  Half a century later, I still have never heard anyone SAY "pshaw"; I don't know how it would sound (in what dialect) or precisely what it would mean . . . .


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