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'O people!'

Can anyone give me an alternative interjection for 'O' in this example?

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Oh? void..... – Russell Dias Mar 26 '11 at 7:19
What sort of interjection do you want? That little sentence could mean a lot of things as I see it, most of which depend on context...as psmears points out in his answer, I just noticed. Still, a comment can't go amiss... – kitukwfyer Mar 26 '11 at 13:31
"O" is not really an interjection there; rather, it is a vocative marker. – Kosmonaut Apr 13 '11 at 1:16
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It depends on the context... what sort of situation is it for?

If it's to get the attention of a crowd, then maybe:

Hey, people!

or, more politely

Excuse me, people!

would do the trick. If, on the other hand, it's the start of some sort of formal address, then maybe

Dear people,

would be the way to start (although perhaps "Ladies and Gentlemen" would be more conventional).

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As an opening attention-getting pragmatic marker: NOW, Ladies and Gentlemen ... . As a refocusing marker, RIGHT is often used, but is even more informal. A spoon on a champagne flute is a non-verbal pragmatic marker often used at various functions. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 20 '12 at 19:09

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