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Dubai
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021 7:09:26 AM
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Hi Dear Forum Members
Could you kindly explain the meaning of the word " gadzookery" to me.
thar
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021 7:22:06 AM

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Gadzooks is an expression of surprise.

So this is a made-up word meaning the action creating that surprise.

along the pattern of adding -ery to make the noun
fakery, chicanery, tomfoolery

Quote:
gadzooks
/ɡadˈzuːks/
exclamation ARCHAIC
an exclamation of surprise or annoyance.


Old-fashioned, certainly but I would't call it archaic!

sureshot
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021 8:03:06 AM
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Dubai wrote:
Hi Dear Forum Members
Could you kindly explain the meaning of the word " gadzookery" to me.


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The definition of "gadzookery" (=tushery) is the use of archaic words or expressions, especially in historical novels. The definition mentioned in some of the dictionaries are mentioned below:

- the use of archaisms as in a historical novel (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

- the use of archaic words or expressions, esp in historical novels (Collins Dictionary)

- the use of archaic words or expressions, especially in historical novels (TFD)
thar
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021 8:15:59 AM

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Ah, never come across that. But no reason I would, I suppose. I can't imagine I would encounter it in comments about historical novels. Context is everything, as ever. [I still quite like my interpretation, even if it doesn't exist!} But the point is that it being in historical novels make it a word people know, and it has such a nice sound. A quality expression never goes out of style. Whistle

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