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What are the interjections / exclamations commonly used in English (e.g. aha, wow, eh, etc.)? I'd appreciate if you can provide me with a full list with the meaning of each term.

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As there are many injections / exclamations you need to be more specfic, which ones are most commonly used, or which have you met most often? –  alexingohr Feb 28 '11 at 15:19
    
@alexingohr: I'm looking for a list with the most common ones. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Feb 28 '11 at 17:05

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I cannot recommend a more suitable list than this:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:English_interjections

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Thanks but this is too much (needing too many clicks; not user-friendly). I need a single page containing only the commonly used ones with the meaning next to each item. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Feb 28 '11 at 15:17
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I found the following table which seems useful:

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|   Word    |      Alt. spelling      |       Translation        |                             Example                             |                                                                            Meaning                                                                             |
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| aah!      | aaah, aaaahh            | Help!                    | Aaaah! It's eating my leg!                                      | "Fright, shock. Sometimes it means ""ahh"" instead."                                                                                                           |
| aha       | a-ha                    | I understand             | Aha! So you took the money!                                     | "Understanding, triumph (can also be used as ""ahh"")"                                                                                                         |
| ahh       | ahhh                    | Ok, I see                | Ahh, yes, I understand now                                      | "Realisation, understanding. Sometimes it means ""aaah"" or ""eh"" instead."                                                                                   |
| argh      |                         | Damn!                    | Argh, the car won't work!                                       | Annoyance, anger, frustration                                                                                                                                  |
| aw        | aww, awww               | How sweet!               | Aww, what an adorable puppy                                     | Shows sentimental approval. (clip from Futurama).                                                                                                              |
| aw        | oh, ah                  | That's too bad           | Aw man, it hit him right in the nuts                            | Feeling sorry or pity for someone                                                                                                                              |
| bah       |                         | Whatever                 | Bah, I never liked him anyways.                                 | Dismissive, annoyed                                                                                                                                            |
| boo       | booh                    | That's bad               | Boo, get off the stage!                                         | Disapproval, contempt (also something to yell to surprise people)                                                                                              |
| brr       | brrrr                   | It's cold                | Brrr, it's -20C outside                                         | Being cold, shivering                                                                                                                                          |
| eek       | eeeek                   | Help!                    | Eeek, a mouse!                                                  | Girly scream. Surprised, scared.                                                                                                                               |
| eep       |                         | Oh no!                   | Eep! I didn't mean to say that!                                 | Surprise (female)                                                                                                                                              |
| eh?       |                         | What?                    | Eh? I didn't hear what you said.                                | "Misunderstanding. Also see ""huh?"""                                                                                                                          |
| eww       | ewwww                   | Disgusting               | Ewww, this apple is rotten                                      | Disgust, dislike                                                                                                                                               |
| grr       | grrrr                   | I'm angry                | Grrr, I'll kick his ass                                         | Anger, snarling, growling. Often used for dogs and other animals.                                                                                              |
| hmm       | hm, hmmmm               | I wonder                 | Hmm, I'm not sure about that                                    | Thinking, hesitation.                                                                                                                                          |
| huh       |                         | Really?                  | Huh, you were right                                             | Mild, indifferent surprise                                                                                                                                     |
| huh?      | eh?                     | Is that right?           | So she dumped you, huh?                                         | Asking for confirmation                                                                                                                                        |
| ich       | yuk                     | Disgusting               | Blerch, this apple is rotten                                    | Disgust, dislike                                                                                                                                               |
| meh       | eh                      | Who cares                | Meh, whatever you think is best                                 | Indifference                                                                                                                                                   |
| mhm       | mmhm, uh-hu             | Yes                      | "Do you think so too? ""Mhm"""                                  | Agreement, acknowledgement.                                                                                                                                    |
| mm        | mmm, mmh                | Lovely                   | Mmm, this ice cream is delicious                                | "Pleasure. Sometimes it means ""hmm"" instead."                                                                                                                |
| oh        |                         | I see                    | Oh, you wanted sugar, not milk.                                 | Realisation                                                                                                                                                    |
| ooh       | oooh                    | Wonderful!               | Oooh, it's shiny!                                               | Wonder, amazement (ohhh can also mean ahhh)                                                                                                                    |
| ooh-la-la | oh-lala                 | Fancy!                   | A seven layer wedding cake? Ooh-la-la!                          | An often ironic (or just funny) way indicating that something is fancy or high class                                                                           |
| oomph     | umph                    | I'm exerting myself      | Push on 3.. 1, 2, 3.. oomph!                                    | "A grunt made on sudden exertion. Also used as a noun to mean ""power"" or ""energy"" (""This song needs more oomph!"")"                                       |
| oops      |                         | I didn't mean to do that | Oops, I knocked over your cup                                   | Being surprised at or acknowledging your own mistakes                                                                                                          |
| ow        | oww, ouch               | That hurts               | Oww, I hit my thumb                                             | Pain                                                                                                                                                           |
| oy        | oi, oyh                 | Hey, you!                | Oy! You forgot your wallet!                                     | "Used to get someone's attention, similar to ""hey!"". Also used disapprovingly (""Oy, you spilled your drink all over me!"")"                                 |
| pff       | pffh, pssh, pfft        | That's nothing           | Pff, I once caught a fish twice that size                       | Unimpressed                                                                                                                                                    |
| sheesh    | jeez                    | I can't believe this!    | Sheesh, now he's drunk again                                    | "Exasperation, annoyance (corruption of ""Jesus"")"                                                                                                            |
| tsk-tsk   | tut-tut                 | Disappointing            | Tsk-tsk, he is late for work again                              | disappointment, contempt (this is a clicking sound. Clip from Futurama)                                                                                        |
| uh-hu     | mhm                     | Yes                      | "Do you think so too? ""Uh-hu"""                                | Agreement, acknowledgement.                                                                                                                                    |
| uh-oh     | oh-oh                   | Oh no!                   | Uh-oh, I think the bear is inside the house                     | Concerned for indications that something will happen                                                                                                           |
| uhh       | uhm, err                | Wait, I'm thinking       | Seven times eight is... uhh... 56                               | Indicates a pause in, rather than the end of, a sentence                                                                                                       |
| whoa      |                         | Unbelievable!            | Whoa, I just looked at it and it broke!                         | Confounded, surprised and amazed. In popular culture, marijuana smokers are often depicted with this exclamation (originally a sound used to make horses stop) |
| wow       |                         | Amazing!                 | Wow, that's incredible!                                         | Impressed, astonished                                                                                                                                          |
| yuk       | ich                     | Disgusting!              | Yuk, I wouldn't want to touch that                              | Disgust, dislike                                                                                                                                               |
| zing      | bada-zing, ba-dump tish | Haha, well said!         | "You're so stupid, you'd trip over a wireless phone! ""Zing!""" | Used (often ironically) to punctuate a punchline or witty comeback. From the sound of a rimshot, played after punchlines in some comedy acts.                  |
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Hey, downvoter! Tell us why you downvoted so the answer can be improved. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Dec 8 '11 at 18:33

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