Last night my cousin was playing Britney Spears' "Oops I did it again" song, and then in the middle of the song I felt the need to use the rest room and then I wanted to tell him "I better hit the toilet before I oops do it again" but when I was going about doing my business in the restroom, I was thinking "did I use the proper English?"

What should I have said there for it to be proper English? I mean usually it might have conveyed the meaning and it would have been understood and funny a bit, but I am looking for grammatically correct English here.

Thank you. And sorry if this question and its context might seem a bit disrespectful or disturbing to some folks.

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    It's absolutely not proper English, but given the song, I think most native English speakers would say "before I oops do it again" here. Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 16:00
  • Thank you @PeterShor
    – JackBixuis
    Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 16:06
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    Why would it be disturbing? Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 16:39
  • @MichaelHarvey I thought that maybe a song about love and stuff like that by Britney and comparing it to using the restroom might be something that some people might find offensive or disturbing. I really meant it to be funny.
    – JackBixuis
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 17:32
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    Given the song and artist, a toilet joke is absolutely the best thing Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 17:52

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Oops! or whoops! is just an exclamation you make when you fall or knock something over, or to acknowledge that you have made a mistake. So putting it in the middle of a sentence as you did doesn't really work, but of course your cousin would understand that you were imitating the words of the song. You could have said

... before - oops! - I do it again.

  • I see, so I needed to move I after oops, I see. Thank you Kate.
    – JackBixuis
    Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 16:07

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