While listening to Raidió na Gaeltachta (Irish language radio) today I noticed much use of the word “Jeepers!“. It’s not a word I’ve heard much before so it caught my attention.
According to the Free Dictionary, jeepers is used to express surprise or annoyance and is a euphemism for Jesus. A variation on this, “Jeepers creepers!”, is apparently used mainly in the USA and Canada. Another related expression is “Jeez!”.
Do you use any of these words? If not, what (non swear) words do you use to express surprise or annoyance?