In Reply to: Well, I swan posted by ESC on June 22, 2010 at 12:02:
: : Is 'I swan' an American phrase? I've come across it in US literature a couple of times recently but have not heard it before it the UK.
: Yep. References say it stands for "I swear." I (born and raised in West Virginia) use it myself occasionally.
Where does it come from - and why? Surely even the most puritanical can't object to the word 'swear' itself (as opposed to any instance of it).