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Great Scott

Posted by Smokey Stover on July 29, 2005

In Reply to: Great Scott Posted by Jessica Kiefer on July 28, 2005

: Where did the saying "Great Scott" come from?

I wouldn't call it a saying. The OED defines it thus: "[Great] In exclamations, as Great Cæsar, Scott, Sun!, meaningless euphemisms for Great God! [Citation:] 1885 'F. ANSTEY' Tinted Venus 60 Great Scott! I must be bad!" SS

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