Lawks vs Laws - What's the difference?
As an interjection lawks
is lord! (especially as an expression of surprise
As a noun laws is
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