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Title: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: CC on January 28, 2011, 04:11 PM
Jeez or Geez, or does it matter?    :bellydancer  (look, we have a belly dancer! Who knew?)
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: MysteryRobin on January 28, 2011, 04:20 PM
I always do Geez. And I know it's often spelled that way in books b/c my daughter pronounced with a hard G till I corrected her. ;)
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: 1846 on January 28, 2011, 04:35 PM
I always use Geez as well.  To me, this spelling looks more like the word is a shortened form of gee whiz.  The other spelling looks more like it's a shortened form of Jesus.  So for that reason I'm more comfortable with Geez.
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: Anne Marie on January 28, 2011, 05:12 PM
I always use Geez as well.  To me, this spelling looks more like the word is a shortened form of gee whiz.  The other spelling looks more like it's a shortened form of Jesus.  So for that reason I'm more comfortable with Geez.

Way-yull, gee whiz is a variation of Jesus (to get around the taking the name of the Lord in vain bit) just as gosh darn is the same as something I don't think the filter will let me say on here.  FWIW.
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: Marissa Doyle on January 28, 2011, 05:27 PM
You beat me to it, Anne Marie.  Except you were more elegant about it. :yup

Use whichever one you like--I expect the copywriter will change it if it needs changing to conform to house style.
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: 1846 on January 28, 2011, 06:02 PM
Way-yull, gee whiz is a variation of Jesus

I realize that, but it just feels more removed from that.  To me, any way.
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: agentpaper on January 28, 2011, 07:01 PM
Way-yull, gee whiz is a variation of Jesus (to get around the taking the name of the Lord in vain bit) just as gosh darn is the same as something I don't think the filter will let me say on here.  FWIW.

Really?!  I did not know that.  You learn something new everyday.   :thanks2
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: Karen Bly on January 29, 2011, 06:10 AM
I always do Geez because when I looked it up in the dictionary it said that it was slang for Gee Whiz which seemed more MG to me. I've seen it both ways in published MG books.
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: MaryWitzl on January 29, 2011, 07:03 AM
Either one of these got my mouth washed out with soap. 

I've got great (Catholic) friends who happily say, "Jesus!" or "Hey-SOOS", or "Jaysus, Joseph, and Mary!" without flinching. I slip up on this and wait for lightning.
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: CC on January 29, 2011, 11:43 AM
You guys crack me up. Okay, Geez it is...  :thankyou


Use whichever one you like--I expect the copywriter will change it if it needs changing to conform to house style.

Isn't it sweet of Marissa to assume I'll actually sell anything ever again! Ha! :inbox:

I've got great (Catholic) friends who happily say, "Jesus!" or "Hey-SOOS", or "Jaysus, Joseph, and Mary!" without flinching.

 :curtsy: I always laugh if I hear someone say, "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!" I didn't realize it's considered a curse word/phrase? How come? Is it like saying, "Oh my God," or something?
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: MaryWitzl on January 29, 2011, 12:07 PM
The way my friends have explained it, they're not using the names disrespectfully, they're calling on the saints for patience and strength. I sometimes use them myself -- but I can still remember the taste of the soap.
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: CC on January 29, 2011, 03:15 PM
The way my friends have explained it, they're not using the names disrespectfully, they're calling on the saints for patience and strength.

Ahh, gotcha!
Title: Re: Geez or Jeez?
Post by: kathym44 on January 29, 2011, 05:29 PM
  I use "Geez".  Too weird... just a few minutes ago I said "Geez Louise" as I was struggling to see over the mountains of snow banks while pulling out of the driveway.  Then I thought... "Geeze Louise"... that sounds like a catchy title for  a picture book.  Hey, maybe it's a sign!  :detective: