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Have you ever heard the exclamation "Ods Bodkins!" uttered aloud?

Asked by stanleybmanly (24123points) May 31st, 2021
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I heard it yesterday for what I believe is the first time ever.

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janbb's avatar

Read it in a kid’s book set in the Middle Ages once. It is English but olden.

canidmajor's avatar

Well, yeah, but only because we had neighbors once named Bodkin. They used the phrase, we used the phrase, it was quite a while later that I realized it was obsolete.

si3tech's avatar

@stanleybmanly Yes. Odd Bodkin. I had a neighbor who used it on occasion.
This was many years ago.

ragingloli's avatar

Never heard of it.
I only know that a Bodkin is a type of arrow head.

kneesox's avatar

No. Probably not even in old movies. Maybe in a book, though. Doesn’t it stand for “God’s body”?

Dutchess_III's avatar

No. But I like it.

zenvelo's avatar

Yes, because of the 1960s comic strip by Dan O’Neill.

smudges's avatar

“bodkin: [noun] dagger, stiletto. a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth. an ornamental hairpin shaped like a stiletto.”

“Bodkin point: A bodkin point is a type of arrowhead.”

kritiper's avatar

Only in the movies. In the same realm as “Land o’ Goshen!”

sorry's avatar

I’ve seen it in Shakespeare. Used as an exclamation of some sort, seems to mean ‘Gods Body’ or God’s Bodkin (a little spear). I’m sure it was meant to be rude/bawdy.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I don’t recall ever hearing it or reading it.

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