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MORE ABOUT OUI
What does oui mean?
Oui is the French term for yes.
Oui is used in English, particularly in America and the United Kingdom, when someone wants to imitate the French, whether in a positive or negative way. Often, oui is said with a genuine or false French accent, depending on whether the speaker is imitating the French in positive or negative manner.
Example: Would I like to visit France? Oui!
Where does oui come from?
The first records of the term oui in English come from around the 1780s. It is used in English with no modifications.
We use words from other languages for many reasons. Sometimes it’s just to imitate another language. Maybe we admire that language or culture and want to adopt a little of it. Oui is a good example of this.
Even when imitations are intended as a compliment, however, they can be received as an insult by a listener, especially a listener who speaks the language being imitated. Imitations are especially harmful when they are exaggerated to the point of being incorrect or mocking. It’s always best to use words with care and be respectful of other languages and cultures.
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How is oui used in real life?
In English oui is used as a casual and sometimes playful way of saying yes.
Happy Valentines Day!!! We couldn't do this if it wasn't for you…and we love you for that. Hope everyone has a lovely day! Oui Oui!! .xx
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) February 14, 2012
Oui… I swear that everything will be just fine
— James Yammouni (@James_Yammouni) May 28, 2016
I need your strategy oui 😅
— Dream (@ellegirlchild) February 10, 2022
Try using oui!
Is oui used correctly in the following sentence?
Oui, I am available to give French lessons.
How to use oui in a sentence
Oui, le roi de Prusse m'a envoy son crit contre l'Essai sur les prjugs.Baron d'Holbach|Max Pearson Cushing
"Oui, ver' fine show," and looked about him as if he expected to see a floating Agricultural Hall.The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
Oui, ma'm'selle, and she tell me I shall some day marry a prince, with so much money he can not spend it.Jack Harkaway in New York|Bracebridge Hemyng
The "oui" was of course ready, and without further preface she arose and walked over to the pianoforte.Sir Jasper Carew|Charles James Lever
Madame de Ruth's laughter led the chorus of approval at each subtle speech, and they said 'Ah oui!A German Pompadour|Marie Hay