Beyond Words - Language Blog

Interjection Junction

Hurray! Yipee! Wowee! Let’s hear it for my favorite part of speech: the interjection! Interjections help to express emotion on the part of the speaker in written language. They are usually separated off from the rest of a sentence by commas or exclamations points. In any language, interjections make the written word more expressive.

Here is a list of my personal favorites in a few different languages:

English
Wowzers!
Arrgh!
Eeek!
A’ight

Spanish
¡Ojo! (Watch out!)
Ja ja ja (Ha-ha-ha)
¡Ay! (Oh!)
¡Epa! (Hey!)

French
Zut! (Damn!)
Ouf! (Phew!)
Voilà! (Ta-da!)

German
Ja (yeah)
Igitt! (yuck!)
Uf! (whew)