I do declare.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by VicNicSor, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    A resident of an apartment building is doing some gardening with his flowers by the house. A woman, a neighbour, tells him:
    Woman: Say, I wouldn't dig so deep if I were you. You're giving them far too much water.
    Man: Why don't you shut up?
    Woman, mumbling resentfully: Well! I do declare.
    Rear Window, film

    What does this mean, please?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Well, I declare: an exclamation of incredulity, surprise, or vexation. "‘Well, I do declare! It's Annabelle!’"

    When you put a "do" in there, it strengthens the sentiment. In this case, it is an expression of all three adjectives by a person who can’t believe what she just heard.
     
  3. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    I think that is a USA "southernism". I would be shocked to hear it in New York. It may even be archaic.
     
  4. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    Thank you both for the replies.
     
  5. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Rear Window was released in 1954. It’s amazing it was in color. :)
     
  6. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    And set in NY:D
     

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