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Written representations of sounds

achoo

interjection

used for representing the sound that you make when you sneeze

ahem

interjection

used in writing to represent a sound that you make to get someone’s attention in a polite and quiet way

ahem

interjection

used in writing to represent a sound that you make before you say something that may be slightly surprising or shocking

atishoo

interjection

used to describe the sound someone makes when they sneeze

boo-hoo

interjection

a word used in comics or children’s stories to show that someone is crying

er

interjection

used for writing the sound that people make when they are thinking about what to say next, or when they are not sure how someone will react to what they are going to say

erm

interjection

er

ha ha

interjection

used for representing the sound of laughter. People sometimes say this to show that they think something is not funny.

hm

interjection

another spelling of hmm

hmm

interjection

used for representing the sound that you make when you are pausing to think before saying something

hmm

interjection

used for representing the sound that you make when you are showing you do not believe what someone is saying

hmm

interjection

used for representing the sound that you make when you want someone to say or repeat something

ho ho

interjection

used for representing the sound that someone makes when they laugh or are pretending to laugh

mm

interjection

used when someone else is speaking and you want to show that you are listening or that you agree with them

o’

preposition

used for representing the way that people say ‘of’ when they are talking in an informal way

O

interjection

another way of writing ‘oh’

phut

noun

a way of writing a sound like a small explosion, especially the regular sound that a small engine makes

phwoah

interjection

a way of writing a sound that someone makes when they see a sexually attractive person

shh

interjection

used for telling someone to stop talking or to be less noisy

tee hee

interjection

used for expressing the sound of a short laugh

tut

interjection

used for showing that you are annoyed or do not approve of something. This word represents the sound you make by putting your tongue in the position for a ‘T’ and sucking air in.

ugh

interjection

used for writing the sound that people make when they think something is extremely unpleasant

uh huh

interjection

used for writing the sound that people make when they agree with something, or when they say ‘yes’ to a question

uh-oh

interjection

used for writing the sound that people make when they realize that something has gone wrong

um

interjection

used for writing the sound that people make when they are thinking about what to say next, or when they are not sure how someone will react to what they are going to say

vroom

interjection

used for representing the loud sound that a vehicle makes when it is moving very fast

wham

interjection

used for representing the loud sound of something being hit hard

whee

interjection

used for representing the sound that children make when they are enjoying moving fast, for example on a swing or down a slide

whew

interjection

a way of writing the sound that you make when you are uncomfortable or surprised, or when you feel happy that something has finished. This sound is sometimes written as Phew

yuck

interjection

used for saying that you think someone or something is dirty, ugly, or unpleasant

yuk

another spelling of yuck

zzz

interjection

a way of writing the sound that someone makes when they are sleeping, often used in cartoons

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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