I've been over using the word Crikey lately. My friend L says I must not use it anymore as I sound annoyingly posh, think I agree with him so need a new word. L uses Gosh, which as a secondary teacher he says even the cool kids use in a sort of ironic way. I partly agree with him, but definitely think both L and I are too old to be the same as the cool kids, and are in danger of being a touch too camp. ( Sorry L !).
So the search is on for a new non offensive statement of surprise. At different times in my life I've used ruder words but as I spend most of my time with children, they are absolutely wrong. I also used to use God a lot, but have decided to stop as don't actually want kids to repeat it all the time. One friend's mum uses bugger a lot, which is another tricky one, course its very appropriate at moments, but not really a little wrong when a two year old repeats it, (although not that they have yet...)
I annoy myself immensely when I say goodness, and now gosh and crikey are out, think I might just be left with one I learnt off an American in Prague, ' Hot dog!'. Failing that, I'll just go straight to Bloody Hell.