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How Does One Use The Phase "i Declare"?

How Does One Use The Phase "i Declare"?

Postby chason » Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:53 am

I think it's a polite way of saying, "I swear!"   I don't live in the deep South, but we are still pretty polite here in Texas, and I hear people say "I declare" all the time, especially older people.    In the South, it is not polite, especially for a woman, to use any kind of profanity.  Sometimes the person talking will say, "Well, I'll be!"  instead of "Well, I'll be darned!"   "Oh, my!"  is short for "Oh, my God!" -- You get the point.  So, "I declare!"  can be polite-speak for "I swear!" , or it can just announce that you are about to say something earth-shattering, as in "I declare I saw her wearin' white shoes after Labor Day!"  Sources: my life patriotsmom 87 months ago Please sign in to give a compliment. Please verify your account to give a compliment. Please sign in to send a message. Please verify your account to send a message.
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