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    Question Quick question about an interjection

    HiThis is a question for native English speakers (sorry for my English, I'm from Italy) and requires a one-word-only-answer, or a longer one if you like. I'll appreciate any contribution.
    Please read the following simple word:

    Oh

    How do you feel about it? Do you feel someway positive and curious or, on the contrary, negative and worried? In other words, what do you expect the entire phrase in which "Oh" occurs will be like? Something positive such as "Oh, what a lovely day" or "Oh, that's great news" or something negative such as "Oh, what a shame..." or "Oh, it'raining again".
    Please consider "Oh" in isolation, without any undertone given by the context.
    I hope I've been clear.
    As I told you, you can answer with "good" or "bad" only, if you want.
    Thanks a lot!

    If you want to know more, here's the whole story:
    I'm working to find a new name for my little handicraft studio.
    I'd like to include "Oh" in the name, but of course it must be a positive Oh. I prefer not to use "Oh!" (with the exclamation mark) because it cannot be used in the website name.
    In Italian most people perceive "Oh" (the word is the same) with a positive connotation. Since I plan to sell my products also outside of Italy, before I register the name I need to be sure that "Oh" is mostly perceived as positive by native English speakers as well.
    Thanks a lot again,
    Andrea

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    #2

    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    Welcome to the forum.

    I see you have asked the same question here.

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    #3

    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I see you have asked the same question here.
    That link didn't work for me. Try this one
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    You asked three questions: "How do you feel about it? Do you feel someway positive and curious or, on the contrary, negative and worried? In other words, what do you expect the entire phrase in which "Oh" occurs will be like?"

    We can't answer all that in one word.

    Oh isn't a feel-good or feel-bad word. It's just a word. Go ahead and use it.

    By the way, there's a Canadian movie star named Oh.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    Yes. Since the answers can be very personal and with many shades I'm trying to collect some. To make little statistic!
    Didn't think it was a problem.

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    #6

    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    Thank you, Charlie. I was trying to explain things. Sorry if I've been verbose

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    #7

    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    Your questions can't be answered well because so much depends on the context of use. There are dozens of different ways to use oh.

    You say that you want to 'include' this word in the name? Then it depends on the other words in the name, of course.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Mar-2019 at 19:28. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #8

    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    It could have been a brief question if it were a lot shorter.


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    #9

    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    It can be positive or negative, show surprise or sarcasm, etc. It's very flexible.

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    #10

    Re: Quick question about an interjection

    Yes, you are right... :oops

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