Posted by: episystechpubs | March 27, 2013

Editor’s Corner: It’s day two of interjections–cool!

I’m a bit late today, but here are the other interjections many of you were looking for after yesterday’s e-mail; these are from the same list at I hope you have a splendid afternoon (or evening).

· Hmph (also hrmph or humph) indicates displeasure or indignation.

· Ho-ho is expressive of mirth, or (along with its variant oh-ho) can indicate triumph of discovery.

· Ho-hum signals indifference or boredom.

· Hubba-hubba is the vocal equivalent of a leer.

· Huh (or hunh) is a sign of disbelief, confusion, or surprise, or, with a question mark, is a request for repetition.

· Hup, from the sound-off a military cadence chant, signals beginning an exerting task.

· Hurrah (also hoorah, hooray, and hurray, and even huzzah) is an exclamation of triumph or happiness.

· Ick signals disgust.

· Lah-de-dah denotes nonchalance or dismissal, or derision about pretension.

· Mm-hmm, variously spelled, is an affirmative or corroborating response.

· Mmm, extended as needed, conveys palatable or palpable pleasure.

· Mwah is suggestive of a kiss, often implying unctuous or exaggerated affection.

· Neener-neener, often uttered in a series of three repetitions, is a taunt.

· Now (often repeated “Now, now”) is uttered as an admonition.

· Oh is among the most versatile of interjections. Use it to indicate comprehension or acknowledgment (or, with a question mark, a request for verification), to preface direct address (“Oh, sir!”), as a sign of approximation or example (“Oh, about three days”), or to express emotion or serves as a response to a pain or pleasure. (Ooh is a variant useful for the last two purposes.)

· Oh-oh (or alternatives in which oh is followed by various words) is a warning response to something that will have negative repercussions.

· Olé, with an accent mark over the e, is borrowed from Spanish and is a vocal flourish to celebrate a deft or adroit maneuver.

· Ooh, with o’s repeated as needed, conveys interest or admiration, or, alternatively, disdain.

· Ooh-la-la is a response to an attempt to impress or gently mocks pretension or finery.

· Oops (and the jocular diminutive variation oopsie or oopsy and the variant whoops) calls attention to an error or fault.

· Ouch (or ow, extended as needed) signals pain or is a response to a harsh word or action.

· Oy, part of Yiddish expressions such as oy gevalt (equivalent to “Uh-oh”), is a lament of frustration, concern, or self-pity.

· Pff, extended as needed, expresses disappointment, disdain, or annoyance.

· Pfft, or phfft, communicates abrupt ending or departure or is a sardonic dismissal akin to pff.

· Phew, or pew, communicates disgust, fatigue, or relief. (Phooey, also spelled pfui, is a signal for disgust, too, and can denote dismissal as well. PU and P.U. are also variants.)

· Poof is imitative of a sudden disappearance, as if by magic.

· Pshaw denotes disbelief, disapproval, or irritation or, alternatively, communicates facetious self-consciousness.

· Psst calls for quiet.

· Rah, perhaps repeated, signals triumph.

· Shh (extended as necessary) is an imperative for silence.

· Sis boom bah is an outdated encouraging cry, most likely to be used mockingly now.

· Tchah communicates annoyance.

· Tsk-tsk and its even snootier variant tut-tut are condemnations or scoldings; the related sound tch is the teeth-and-tongue click of disapproval.

· Ugh is an exclamation of disgust.

· Uh is an expression of skepticism or a delaying tactic.

· Uh-huh indicates affirmation or agreement.

· Uh-oh signals concern or dismay.

· Uh-uh is the sound of negation or refusal.

· Um is a placeholder for a pause but also denotes skepticism.

· Va-va-voom is an old-fashioned exclamation denoting admiration of physical attractiveness.

· Whee is an exclamation of excitement or delight.

· Whew is a variant of phew but can also express amazement.

· Whoa is a call to halt or an exclamation of surprise or relief.

· Whoop-de-doo and its many variants convey mocking reaction to something meant to impress.

· Woo and woo-hoo (and variations like yahoo, yee-haw, and yippee) indicate excitement. (Woot, also spelled w00t among an online in-crowd, is a probably ephemeral variant.)

· Wow expresses surprise.

· Yay is a congratulatory exclamation. (Not to be confused with yeah, a variant of yes.)

· Yikes is an expression of fear or concern, often used facetiously.

· Yo-ho-ho is the traditional pirates’ refrain.

· Yoo-hoo attracts attention.

· Yow, or yowza, is an exclamation of surprise or conveys being impressed.

· Yuck (also spelled yech or yecch) signals disgust. (Not to be confused with yuk, a laugh.)

· Yum, or yummy, is a response to the taste of something delicious and, by extension, the sight of an attractive person.

· Zoinks is an expression of surprise or amazement popularized by the cartoon character Shaggy, of Scooby Doo fame.

· Zowie, often in combination following wowie, a variant of wow, expresses admiration or astonishment.

NOTICE: This electronic mail message and any files transmitted with it are intended
exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. The message,
together with any attachment, may contain confidential and/or privileged information.
Any unauthorized review, use, printing, saving, copying, disclosure or distribution
is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please
immediately advise the sender by reply email and delete all copies.


  1. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Spending some
    time and actual effort to create a superb article… but what
    can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to
    get nearly anything done.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: