What is the origin of the phrase “Geez, Louise”? What is its meaning?
The saying “Geez, Louise” most likely arose in 1930s America when the trend of rhyming slang became popular among many social groups, such as the saying “see you later alligator” or “on the bus, octopus”. “Geez” is a modified slang for Jesus, which was probably used to avoid blasphemy, while “Louise” was probably added due to the rhyming effect it gave the saying. No direct origin for the saying can be found, but it most likely originated in the late 20s or early 30s.