Just before leaving a conversation with someone, what non-expletives interjection could I use instead of the sentence "I almost forgot ..." if I want to sound apologetic?

For instance:

Could you please move my car from the entrance?... I almost forgot, you'll be needing my keys.

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    and seems sufficient?
    – k1eran
    Jul 31, 2017 at 18:59
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    Hell, that's what expletives are for. Heck, there's the infinite euphemisms that substitute. And the ever present vaguefiers Oh, Oy, Ooh, Oops, Hey, Um, My-my, and Well, Jul 31, 2017 at 19:21
  • @k1eran I'm not sure what you mean.
    – rraallvv
    Jul 31, 2017 at 20:27
  • I was half-joking but to be serious I think depending on your intonation and pauses and actually works. Could you please move my car from the entrance ? ... And here are the keys.
    – k1eran
    Jul 31, 2017 at 20:34
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    @YosefBaskin I've edited the question to exclude expletives, since those could be used pretty much for anything.
    – rraallvv
    Jul 31, 2017 at 20:43

1 Answer 1


What about "Oh, right"? Or some variant of it

Could you please move my car from the entrance?

... Oh, right, here are the keys.
... Right, and, here are the keys.
... Right, of course, here are the keys.

You could also try changing your sentence just a bit to allow for more expression:

Could you please move my car from the entrance?

... Right, you'll be needing my keys, won't you? My apologies.

  • Do you know how is it spelled the one that sound like "Ups!" without the /ps/ sound, just /u/?
    – rraallvv
    Jul 31, 2017 at 21:23
  • Never mind, "Ooh!" was what I was looking for. There is an audio clip here.
    – rraallvv
    Jul 31, 2017 at 22:05

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