Do you use woah ! for surprise + delight or to say "calm down" ?
What would you say if you found a diamond, for example ?
Re: Woah !
I'd use whoa to stop or slow down a person from talking or a thing from moving. I'd use wow if I found a diamond.
Originally Posted by Florence
"whoa", pronounced [wo:w], like in "snow", is an interjection used to stop or slow a horse. It's a variation of Ho.
"wow", pronounced [wouw], as in "cow", is an interjection used to express astomishment or admiration.
There's "Whoa, Nellie" as in Nellie, slow down.
There's "Wow! That's really something" as in Wow! That's really something. :wink:
But what about: "Whoa, baby!"
Reminds me of a line from Charlie F's bible:
Originally Posted by RonBee
...and Adam named her woman because when he saw her for the first time all he could say was, "Whoa Man!"
Prelapsarian bliss didn't include commas, then. ))