Posted by: episystechpubs | March 26, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Interjections

Today I’m taking a leap over to a part of speech that is often forgotten: the interjection. An interjection is a word or phrase use to express emotion; an exclamation; a short utterance; a command.

Here are a few from

1. Ack communicates disgust or dismissal.

2. Ah can denote positive emotions like relief or delight (generally, pronounced with a long a).

3. Aha signals triumph or surprise, or perhaps derision.

4. Ahem is employed to gain attention.

5. Argh, often drawn out with additional h’s, is all about frustration.

6. Aw can be dismissive or indicative of disappointment, or, when drawn out, expressive of sympathy or adoration.

7. Aye denotes agreement.

8. Bah is dismissive.

9. Blah communicates boredom or disappointment.

10. Blech (or bleah or bleh) implies nausea.

11. Boo is an exclamation to provoke fright.

12. Boo-hoo is imitative of crying and is derisive.

13. Boo-ya (with several spelling variants) is a cry of triumph.

14. Bwah-hah-hah (variously spelled, including mwah-hah-hah) facetiously mimics the stereotypical archvillain’s triumphant laugh.

15. D’oh is the spelling for the muttering accompanying Homer Simpson’s trademark head-slapping self-abuse.

16. Duh derides someone who seems dense.

17. Eek indicates an unpleasant surprise.

18. Eh, with a question mark, is a request for repetition or confirmation of what was just said; without, it is dismissive.

19. Er (sometimes erm) plays for time.

20. Ew denotes disgust, intensified by the addition of one or more e’s and/or w’s.

21. Feh (and its cousin meh) is an indication of feeling underwhelmed or disappointed.

22. Gak is an expression of disgust or distaste.

23. Ha expresses joy or surprise, or perhaps triumph.

24. Ha-ha (with possible redoubling) communicates laughter or derision.

25. Hamana-hamana, variously spelled, and duplicated as needed, implies speechless embarrassment.

26. Hardy-har-har, or har-har repeated as needed, communicates mock amusement.

27. Hee-hee is a mischievous laugh, while its variants heh and heh-heh (and so on) can have a more derisive connotation.

28. Hey can express surprise or exultation, or can be used to request repetition or call for attention.

29. Hist signals the desire for silence.

30. Hm, extended as needed, suggests curiosity, confusion, consternation, or skepticism.

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