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posted by rfvv Monday, November 28, 2016 at 3:29pm.

Posted by rfvv on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:17pm.



Oh Lordy, how my heart grows weary, far from the old folks at home.
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This is a sentence in the song "Swanee River.

Q1: " What is the meaning of "Lordy" here? Is Lordy one of his friends' name?

Q2: Who are 'the old folks'? Are they the songwriter's father and mother? •English - Writeacher, Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:24am
No, "Oh Lordy" is just an old-time way of saying "Oh God."

And "old folks" could mean his parents or simply refer to all the people he knew in his hometown.
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Thank you for your explanation.
Lordy seems to be used as an interjection. If we add y at the end of "Lord," what difference does it have?
1. Oh, Lordy.
2. Oh, my God.
3. O, my goodness.
4. Oh, my gosh.
5. Oh, dear.
6. Oh, boy.

Does #1 mean the other expressions?

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    Yes, they are all pretty much the same in meaning.

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