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10:15 May 25, 2003
English to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary
English term or phrase:Yowee-Zowee-Zooks
Horace gasped “Yowee-Zowee-Zooks!” He knelt on the ground and waved a hand. “Look at this, you guys”
From the book I’m reading, Horace (the hero) always exclaim “Yowee-Zowee-Zooks!” --- what exactly mean by “Yowee-Zowee-Zooks!”?
Explanation: My understanding of this phrase is something like "good grief!" or "good heavens!" It's basically an exclamation of amazement.
Some other things it could mean (all synonyms):
Heavens to Betsy!
Strewth! (Down Under expression)
Leapin' lizards! (made famous by Little Orphan Annie)
And so on and so forth. Wow can also be an expression of amazement, but it tends more to be one of delight (or maybe both delight and amazement). I believe Yowee-Zowee-Zooks is an expression of pure and simple amazement and astonishment, which can either be positive or negative.