W is for Wow!I've lived in Scotland for nearly 30 years and in that time I've learned a lot about the contribution that the Scots have made to the world in the fields of engineering, chemistry, geology, medicine, education, philosophy, music, and poetry to name a few. (They've also contributed Irn-Bru, Jimmy hats, and the bagpipes.)
But I had no idea until today, that they were responsible for adding one of the most common exclamations in the English language -- the simple expression "Wow!" (with or without exclamation mark). Like wow, can you believe it?!
Nevertheless, "Wow" has survived into the 21st century and is one of those timeless words that I expect it to survive a few more centuries yet. In fact, I suspect that when those first men and women land on Mars, more than one of them will exlaim, "Wow!"
So the next time you catch yourself saying "Wow!" (say, at the premiere of the upcoming "Star Wars" film), blame or praise the Scots (thank you Bishop Douglas) as you deem appropriate.