Examples of Oh.
Examples of Oh.
Where does Oh. come from?
As much as being passive-aggressive gets a bad rap, we all do it sometimes—especially on social media or in texts. When someone says something completely ridiculous or disappointing, or that genuinely ticks you off, a pithy “Oh.” can go a long way.
Generally speaking, oh is a common interjection with wide-ranging meaning, frequently used to express excitement or surprise. This is especially true when written with an exclamation point, e.g., “Oh! I can’t believe it! ”
It’s also used to show that you’ve acknowledged something: “Oh, I didn’t know that.” Oh can also signal a transition, e.g., Oh, I forgot to tell you.
But if you’re the recipient of an Oh., often written with period as if a complete sentence, you might be in trouble. This formulation, which spread in the 1990s and 2000s thanks to cell phones and the internet, is often used to show that someone feels annoyed, disappointed, or let down–a dismissive acknowledgement stripped of any interest or enthusiasm.
A short dialogue, for illustration:
Person A: I bought you flowers!
Person B: Oh.
Rough. The period creates emphasis and pause; Person B, it seems, doesn’t like flowers.
Oh. is also commonly used as a component of the common text phrase, Oh. My. God., the periods again adding dramatic emphasis, in a Valley Girl sort of way.
Who uses Oh.?
The spoken equivalent of Oh. usually carries a flat expression. Think of Neutral Face emoji, 😐.
— Leyland “Lee” DeVito (@leedevito) February 20, 2019
In text messages or internet posts, Oh. can be used to express disappointment, a sense of awkwardness, surprise, hurt, or dismay at some news.
Oh…this is so sudden…
— The God Of the Dead Anubis (@TheGodOfDeathA1) February 27, 2019
“She was really knowledgeable about the bourbon.”
Oh. Great. https://t.co/LkOoUgvbsy
— Zev Karlin-Neumann (@zkarlinn) February 26, 2019
Oh. can also be used to express other feelings or states, too, such as being corrected, often with an embarrassed tone.
Oh. Oops. Now I feel bad.
— cognitive insistence (@CInsistence) February 27, 2019
It can be, as we’ve noted already, a bit passive-aggressive.
Oh. Well then.
— Vesper Lynd (@Corporate_Mess) November 20, 2018
Oh. can express that someone doesn’t care about what is being said. And when used as part of the expression Oh. My. God., it can express excitement or a sense of disbelief.
Oh. My. God. Univision Journalist Jorge Ramos Reported Detained In Venezuela https://t.co/wtHrseTBXi
— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) February 26, 2019