blunderboy — 2003-10-04T08:18:14-04:00 — #1
can someone please enlighten me on this. It's mainly an americanism right?
logikos — 2003-10-04T08:29:47-04:00 — #2
Found this lol Im an American and never really heard of it myself.
Must be slang for like Yikes! I dunno
awilliams — 2003-10-04T08:43:23-04:00 — #3
Well, if the TV show Friends has taught me anything, it's that "Yowser" is an expression of surprise, or when something unexpected happens.
graphixkid — 2003-10-04T08:46:10-04:00 — #4
I always thought of it as a British exclamation. Like, "Yowsah!"
awilliams — 2003-10-04T08:48:59-04:00 — #5
Hmm, I've never heard anyone in the UK say it!
logikos — 2003-10-04T09:07:15-04:00 — #6
Hey i learn something new everyday!
palmerb — 2003-10-04T09:35:07-04:00 — #7
It would be more similar to "Wow, that's surprising and unexpected!" It's an expression of mild shock and disbelief.
jofa — 2003-10-04T12:31:36-04:00 — #8
Isn't youwsa == "yes, sir!" ?
winged_spider — 2003-10-04T12:47:34-04:00 — #9
Yowser was a phrase used by a cartoon detective named Inspector Gadget during the 90's. It's a excited exclamation phrase.
"Yowser, All my HTML pages are gone! "
blunderboy — 2003-10-04T13:43:06-04:00 — #10
Hmmm.. I couldn't find any connection to "yowser" and Inspector Gadget on Google. A couple of the other ideas also sound fairly convincing, the Zappa reference, that sounds like it.
jeff_lange — 2003-10-04T13:55:56-04:00 — #11
Yowser was used a lot in Inspector Gadget.
Basically yes it is "Wow, how unexpected, and possibly shocking to me."