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Origin please

Posted by James Briggs on August 06, 2001

In Reply to: Origin please posted by Great Scott on August 06, 2001

: Why people make that statement in certain situations.

Great Scott! is an expression of surprise, wonder or admiration. The Scott here is probably the US general Winfield-Scott (1786-1866) who was popular after his victorious campaign against the Mexicans in 1847.