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Ilza !

Posted by Henry on June 02, 2003

In Reply to: I swan posted by ESC on June 02, 2003

: : 'I swan!'', means ''swear.''

: From the archives:

: The Oxford English Dictionary has "swan" as a verb, labeled U.S. slang, derived probably (it says) from northern England dialectal "Is' wan," literally "I shall warrant" = I'll be bound; later taken as a mincing substitute for "swear." The first use in print recorded in the dictionary is from the year 1823.

Ilza, Are you moonlighting from the Poetry Archives? Does Stephen know?