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    Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I say: Oh shxt, he's back! I

    Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I predicted it all along. I said to my friends:


    Oh shxt, he's back! I told ya I could read minds.

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    Re: Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I say: Oh shxt, he's back!

    "Oh shxt" is always negative. You use it only when are not pleased by what is happening. So your sentence is natural if you did not wish Michael Jordan to attempt a comeback, but not otherwise.
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    Re: Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I say: Oh shxt, he's back!

    I'm trying to be positive. How about:

    Oh damn, he's back!

    Just trying to say the great one is back and all should fear him.

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    Re: Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I say: Oh shxt, he's back!

    The reason your phrases are suggesting negativity and disappointment is that "oh" gives that feeling. If you simply started your phrases with "Sh*t" or "Damn", it could be taken to mean surprise. It still doesn't necessarily denote happiness. And, of course, if you fully expected him to come out of retirement, surprise wouldn't be an appropriate reaction.

    I'd go with something like "Hah! I told you he'd come out of retirement one day!" The suggestion there is that you are gloating and that you are very pleased that you turned out to be right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I say: Oh shxt, he's back!

    If you want to be both positive and very emphatic, I suggest you substitute "holy" for "oh".

    Holy shxt, Michael Jordan is back ...

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    Re: Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I say: Oh shxt, he's back!

    That still denotes surprise (to me).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Michael Jordan came out of retirement in the 90's and I say: Oh shxt, he's back!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That still denotes surprise (to me).
    Me too. But I think the connotation may be positive, which can never be the case with "oh shxt".

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