"words as grammatical units in a language," 1906, coined by U.S. philosopher Charles S. Pierce (1839-1914), from Greek pheme (see fame (n.)).
The Surprisingly Religious Background Of “Golly,” “Gosh,” and “Gee”Gosh, golly, and gee casually express surprise or excitement, right? Well, yes, but when they were first introduced to the English language, these short words had a much more serious origin and purpose.
- phemister graft,
- phenaceturic acid,
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper