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Old 11-05-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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'I swan' becomes 'I suwanee' (just like the river in Fla.) in coastal South Carolina and Georgia.

Don't know why, or its origins.

'Geez' ( if it does come from 'Jesus') has a identical saying in Brazil, where 'Nossa' (for "Nossa Senhora'- Virgin Mary) is what's said when stunned or exasperated.
My grandparents would occasionally say "I suwanee" as well. I had totally forgotten that until you mentioned it. I would love to know what the origin of that saying is. It's so weird sounding. I can just hear my great uncle saying it now, while chewing on his big fat cigar, or SEEgar as he called it.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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Anyone mention geez/geeze/jeez? I guess it's short for Jesus.
This was big in Western NY where I grew up. Also, "cripes", short for Christ.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Just remembered something my grandpa would say. He would be telling a story, and when he made his point, he would finish with "and thats how the hawg et the cabbage."
I have NEVER heard that anywhere but from him, he was originally from Arkansas, although he spent most of his life in the Bootheel area of Missouri.
Anybody else ever heard that saying?
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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My grandparents would occasionally say "I suwanee" as well. I had totally forgotten that until you mentioned it. I would love to know what the origin of that saying is. It's so weird sounding. I can just hear my great uncle saying it now, while chewing on his big fat cigar, or SEEgar as he called it.
wordwizard.com - View topic - I swanee


"swan2 (swŏn)
intr.v. Chiefly Southern U.S.
To declare; swear. Used in the phrase I swan as an interjection. See Regional Note at vum.

[Probably alteration of dialectal (I) s' warrant, (I) shall warrant.]"

"My Mother used that expression. She died three years ago, but was born in 1911 in Texas. She told me that it came from an old English expression, "I swear by the swan." Now how could my Own mother be wrong? Neill M"

Some possible origins.
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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When I was in Wisconsin, people said "okie dokie" all the time. I never hear it now that I'm out west, and never heard it when I was in the south, either.
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:05 PM
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When I was in Wisconsin, people said "okie dokie" all the time. I never hear it now that I'm out west, and never heard it when I was in the south, either.
you hear Okie Dokie in the Midwest . I was told it was from the Muskogee Native American Language. My Grandfather is Creek and my father used the term .
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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We said Okie Dokie all the time growing up in Texas.
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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you hear Okie Dokie in the Midwest . I was told it was from the Muskogee Native American Language. My Grandfather is Creek and my father used the term .
In the TV show Reba, there was a Texas woman who always said "Okie Dokie, smokey".

I've heard "okilly dokilly" before and "okie dokie" in the Chicago area. I'm not so sure it's Midwestern though. It's not something that is commonly said by many people but I have heard it before and I know what it means. I hear black people say "y'all" all the time but I couldn't tell you the last time I heard anyone say "okie dokie".
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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you hear Okie Dokie in the Midwest . I was told it was from the Muskogee Native American Language. My Grandfather is Creek and my father used the term .
Heard it all the time when I lived in Missouri.
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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hmm, I had no idea of the lineage that "okie dokie" stems from. I know I said it occasionally in Detroit, but in Wisconsin, there was no "ok, alright, sure" --it was just "okie dokie!"
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