Words such as "oh", or "wow", which are used to indicate an isolated emotion on the part of the speaker, without an explicit grammatical relationship to the rest of the sentence.

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How is “brrm” pronounced?

I find some interjections to be too tricky to pronounce. Can anyone help me with this one? Is there any specialized dictionary that reports the pronunciation of interjections?
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Origin of “man!”, “(oh) boy!”, and “oh brother”

Where did these interjections: man! (oh) boy! oh brother come from, and why are they all male? If you don’t know their current meanings as interjections, it sounds very strange to say Man! when ...
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Does the interjection “steady on!” mean something to a Brit?

More from the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House. In this particular scene, one character, Sergeant George, is infuriated at another character, Mr. Smallwood, his petty landlord come to ...
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use of the interjection “but lo' …”

In an article I tried to understand (the german understanding) of: (...) we’re outside the part of C where the standard Dirichlet series actually converges. But lo’ we can ask what’s the ...
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Is there another interjection that can be used in this example?

'O people!' Can anyone give me an alternative interjection for 'O' in this example?
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Where does the use of “why” as an interjection come from?

Examples: Why, I'd love to. Why, of course! I get the concept of starting a sentence with a word not completely related to the overall response, but this one seems to be a particularly ...
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Common interjections / exclamations in English [closed]

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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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?
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What's a common interjection for the reaction to something creepy and disgusting (like some insects or spooky places, etc.)?

For example, A: - Look! There is a centipede on the table! B: - (interjection)!
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What is it called when an interjection is inserted inside another word?

Typically (as far as I can think), the interject is something vulgar. For example: Radio-bloody-active (from an episode of Family Guy) Ri-god-damn-diculuous Un-fucking-believable" What is the ...
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What does “boy” mean here?

Recently, in a magazine, I read the following line: It's been an eventful year and boy, has it flown past! My question is, what does the word "boy" mean here? Is it an idiom? What is its usage?
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What is the grammatical structure of this sentence?

A particular kind of sentence seems a bit strange to me... it might be, for example, "How interesting it was to see him go!" or... "How dreadful I felt when I heard those words." Are they ...
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How to use the expression “lo and behold”

How should this expression be used, and what is its origin?
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Is it a splice comma if an interjection-phrase is involved?

It's certainly poor style, if not actually wrong, to join independent clauses with a comma when a semicolon or other punctuation would have sufficed. But interjections are usually offset from other ...
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Interjection “et voilà”

I know et voilà is a French interjection and means there it is. It is very much used in the US. Why is the use of et voilà so popular in the US? Which historical fact has made it so popular?
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“Good bye”, “Bye”, “Bye bye”

I'm a non-native English speaker and sometimes it's hard for me to pick up the right word in some situations. Could you, please, explain when it's better to use "goodbye" for ending a conversation, ...