May I ask, what does "oh snap" mean please?

I heard it from the DIY Art competition, when the competitors were waiting for the judges to announce who's the winner.

Competitor A said: I'm nervous.

Competitor B said : I'm so excited.

Competitor C said : Oh snap!

Does "Oh snap" means "Oh what's the result"? or just "Oh I'm excited"?

I found in the dictionary that this word "often used in response to an insult" But in this situation, I am a confused about the meaning of it.

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    Urban dictionary has it pretty good: urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=OH%20SNAP Oct 26, 2021 at 17:31
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    I wouldn't normally expect to hear / see Oh before snap! in the cited context. To me that looks reminiscent of (AmE) Oh, shoot! and (BrE) Oh, sugar! (euphemistic alternatives to Oh, shit!). Note that @BobtheMagicMoose's link doesn't actually give the "etymology" - it's from a children's "matching" playing cards game, competing to be the first to shout "Snap!" when two consecutive cards have the same face value. Oct 26, 2021 at 17:53
  • What is it you don't understand in the dictionary definition you link to? "An exclamation of agreement or acknowledgment" seems perfectly apposite, i.e. Competitor C is exclaiming her agreement with what one or both of the other competitors said. Oct 26, 2021 at 19:06
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    Oh, snap! is a euphemism for Oh, shit! It's intended to express emotion without offending anyone unintentionally by using a taboo word. Oct 26, 2021 at 21:03
  • @ChappoHasn'tForgottenMonica Saying you feel the same as somebody else is not expressing agreement. Oct 27, 2021 at 23:40

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In the context given, "Snap" is more likely to mean "Me too"; "I'm the same".

From Lexico:

4 British mass noun A card game in which cards from two piles are turned over simultaneously and players call ‘snap’ as quickly as possible when two similar cards are exposed.

‘The school is also encouraging parents to introduce their children to cards games such as old maid, snap and bridge.’

4.1 as exclamation Said when similar objects turn up or two similar events take place.

In this case, it is an exclamation transferred from the card game where it signifies a match into a situation where there is just a match — the speaker is also excited.

This is completely different from the American usage where it's an innocuous expletive.


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