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    #1

    shoot and oops

    It seems to me they're both used when someone makes a mistake,Is there any difference between them?
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    Re: shoot and oops

    They're just two of many mild and totally inoffensive expletives. Others include rats and drat.

    The difference is that shoot is a euphemism for shit, which is in the second category of offensiveness on a scale of one to four.

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    Re: shoot and oops

    shoot is a euphemism for shit,then oops is euphemism for what?

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    #4

    Re: shoot and oops

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    shoot is a euphemism for shit,then oops is euphemism for what?
    Oops isn't a euphemism for anything else. It's just another thing we say along with

    Whoops
    Whoops-a-daisy
    Damn
    Dammit (Damn it!)
    Drat
    Bum
    Shoot
    Bugger
    Crap
    Shit

    and some ruder ones which I won't post. As far as I'm concerned, the ones above, with the exception of the last three, are very unlikely to cause offence to anyone.

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    #5

    Re: shoot and oops

    "Damn" can be offensive to some, especially when paired with "God."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: shoot and oops

    So does that mean shoot and oops can be used interchangeably?

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