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    Grunts and other audible interjections

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Punctuate THIS!, Sep 22, 2009.

    My spell check and I are having trouble with these often simple words: "uh-oh, huh, ah."

    I was wondering if there was a list of these "hard to spell words" out there somewhere.

    For the life of me, I cant spell the words in this sentence: The croud "owd" and "awd" See what I mean. My spell check gives me nothing . . . just a bunch of jibberish.
     
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    I would say that spell check is not law, especially with onomatopoeic words which should be spelt however you feel like it.

    however in your sentence i would spell the words more along the lines of "oohed" and "aahed", simply because of convention: you would spell it "ooh" or "aah" if it were in regular speech, rather than reported speech and "-ed" is of course the standard suffix for the past tense.
     
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    Thanks, i spent hours and hours getting nowhere on that
     
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    if you can't find it done well somewhere and can't figure out how to do it well enough for the readers to get, don't do it!
     
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    I dont have that great of range, myself. If my spellcheck cant figure it out, then I dont many other options but to read ten books looking for it, or post a question here. So far, this is a much better way of gathering information.
     
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    Read ten books anyway.:) Then ten more. And then. . . :rolleyes:

    Books you read for the simple joy of reading are the best teachers around.
     
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    "Ooh"s and "Aah"s erupted from the crowd.

    No?
     
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    ad adios
    ah
    aha
    ahem
    ahoy
    alack
    alas
    all hail
    alleluia
    aloha
    amen
    attaboy
    aw
    ay
    bah
    begorra
    behold
    bejesus
    bingo bleep
    boo
    bravo
    bye
    cheerio
    cheers
    ciao
    crikey
    cripes
    dear
    doh
    duh
    eh
    encore
    eureka
    fie
    gee
    gee whiz
    gesundheit
    goodness
    gosh
    great
    hah
    ha-ha
    hail
    hallelujah
    heigh-ho
    hello
    hem
    hey
    hey presto
    hi
    hip
    hmm
    ho
    ho hum
    hot dog
    howdy hoy
     
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    There are a ton of books with "ooh,"ah", and "uh" riddling the pages.

    So long as its not overdone it works fine.
     
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    what's that list for, dg?
     
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    The op seemed to be asking how to spell common interjections. That’s how I read it, anyway. So I just found a list and posted it. Not a very good list, but it has some things one sees a lot.
     
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    Hay thanks! That's great! Yes, that'll work DragonGrim, Thankyou
     

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