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Why is there “the” in “oh the horror”?

I am wondering about the interjection "oh, the horror!". If it should be treated as an interjection directed to "horror" (there are similar expressions in other languages), why does it use the article ...
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“Enter the Fairies” after a sudden clatter or crash?

In my family, who originate from Scotalnd, people cry "enter the fairies!" if something has caused a sudden crash, smash or clatter. I am guessing it comes from a stage direction, such as from ...
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Origin of the phrase “Oh, Dear!”

When something bad happens, sometimes you'll hear Oh, dear! or Oh, dear me! Why is this? Is it a shorter version of another phrase that makes sense in these situations?