"jeezum crow"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Fri Oct 29 14:53:15 UTC 2010

taboo-avoidance form for "jesus christ"; it appeared in a comment from a Facebook friend who grew up in Maine. googling pulls up Vermont and New Brunswick as well, and another Facebook friend added northern NY. DARE has it for Vermont and Northern NY, but it's clear that the distribution is wider, and almost surely takes in New Hampshire as well.

though apparently still geographically restricted. does anyone have reports of the form from speakers without a history in this region?  (the friend who first used it now lives in California, and before that in Boston, but she picked it up in her Maine childhood.)  Jon, do you have it in your files?

almost surely it was innovated by people in a very small group -- since it's fairly distant from the model -- and then spread, but this is the sort of history we'll probably never be able to unearth.


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