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Old 01-16-2013, 10:57 AM
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what does shew (slang) mean?

I have yoga-loving vegan free-spirit-type friend who occasionally puts "shew" in her emails. I haven't been able to get an answer from google that seems to match.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:08 AM
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In what context does she use "shew"?
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:24 AM
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I have yoga-loving vegan free-spirit-type friend who occasionally puts "shew" in her emails. I haven't been able to get an answer from google that seems to match.
"Shew" is an archaic form of "show." http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shew
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:26 AM
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In what context does she use "shew"?
I'm guessing it was regarding things that were really big.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:29 AM
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Where are you/she from? Around here (Mass./Rhode Island) some people say "whew" more like "shew." So when they mean "Whew, that was a tough workout," it sounds like "shew."

Maybe?

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:30 AM
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I'm guessing it was regarding things that were really big.
In case the OP misses the reference: Ed Sullivan.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:31 AM
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Where are you/she from? Around here (Mass./Rhode Island) some people say "whew" more like "shew." So when they mean "Whew, that was a tough workout," it sound like "shew."
Shuh!
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:35 AM
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Don't you mean "SHOO-wah"? (Thinking of Ellen Greene's turn in Little Shop of Horrors. We laugh like hell every time she hits that word.)
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:32 PM
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Tom Sawyer's wife says "Shoh! It's that horrible murder!" at one point. Same interjection differently spelled I guess.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:48 PM
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It's a Southern affectation: "Shoo, it's hot!" "Shoooo, it's been a long day". Equivalent to "Whoo!"

"Shew" is a cutesy spelling used in text and emails.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:07 PM
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Also spelled "pshew", though not often.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:23 PM
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I have yoga-loving vegan free-spirit-type friend who occasionally puts "shew" in her emails. I haven't been able to get an answer from google that seems to match.
Is there some etiquette thing that prevents you from just asking her what it means?
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:33 PM
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Also spelled "pshew", though not often.
That's the sound a gun makes.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:37 PM
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Is there some etiquette thing that prevents you from just asking her what it means?
It's more fun this way.
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It's a Southern affectation: "Shoo, it's hot!" "Shoooo, it's been a long day". Equivalent to "Whoo!"

"Shew" is a cutesy spelling used in text and emails.
This is it. I had thought it was some kind of well-wishing term borrowed from another language. but looking back I see this fits.

Thanks, all!
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:01 PM
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It's a Southern affectation: "Shoo, it's hot!" "Shoooo, it's been a long day". Equivalent to "Whoo!"

"Shew" is a cutesy spelling used in text and emails.
This is also heard as "shoo weee", at least in Georgia.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:30 PM
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"Shew" is an archaic form of "show." http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shew
The local buses when I was a kid had notices telling you that "tickets must be shewn when requested".
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