Lanks vs Lawks - What's the difference?
As a noun lanks
As an interjection lawks is
lord! (especially as an expression of surprise
Slender or thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean.
* Meager and lank with fasting grown. - .
* Who would not choose ... to have rather a lank purse than an empty brain? - .
* Blacks in the fields, lank'' and stooped, their fingers spiderlike among the bolls of cotton. - 1985 , chapter 1.
(of hair) Straight and flat; thin and limp. (often associated with being greasy)
* Lank hair, long, thin hair. -
(obsolete) languid; drooping.
* Who, piteous of her woes, reared her lank head. -
Lord! (especially as an expression of surprise)
* 1850 , , La Vendée :
* 1988 , :
- "Lawks ! how uncomfortable," said the cook. "And M. Henri, was he wet too?"
- "Your civic pride does you credit," said Hwel. "And now, please, leave the cart. I'm sure you've got some wood to gather. Lawks ."
This is a stereotypical utterance of a Cockney house-servant in literature, particularly 19th-century and early 20th-century literature, but by the end of the 20th century its use had become primarily ironic outside of historical fiction.
* Lord, lordy
* dear Lord