Posted by Shae on May 24, 2004
In Reply to: Wish to goodness (meaning) posted by Paddy on May 24, 2004
: anybody knows the meaning of 'wish to goodness'
: can it be used as exclamation for/or instead of 'god'
: thanks Shae for your previous contribution
Yes, it's a Minced oath, where another word is substituted for one of the God names. Type 'minced' in the Search box and you'll find lots more examples.