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"Yabba dabba do!": Fred Flintstone's trademark interjection in The Flintstones

Definition:

A short utterance that usually expresses emotion and is capable of standing alone. Interjections are generally considered one of the traditional parts of speech.

In writing, an interjection is typically followed by an exclamation point.


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Etymology:

From the Latin, "thrown in"

Examples and Observations:

  • "Bam!"
    (Chef Emeril Lagasse)


  • "Well!"
    (Jack Benny)


  • "Just the thought of playing with Bird, wow!"
    (Herbie Hancock)


  • "Most of my best teachers were women and, holy smokes, were they ever bright."
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Why You Can’t Stop Me From Speaking Ill of Thomas Jefferson." If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice to the Young, ed. by Dan Wakefield. Seven Stories Press, 2014)


  • "Hoo-ah!"
    (Al Pacino as Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman)


  • "M'm! M'm! Good!"
    (Campbell's Soup advertising slogan)


  • "How now! Interjections? Why then, some be of laughing, as ah! ha! he!
    (Benedick in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Act IV, Scene 1)


  • Marty McFly: I'm back! I'm back from the future.
    Doc: Great Scott!
    (Michael Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future Part III, 1990)


  • "Psst! h'm! ah! oh! hem! ah! ha! hey! well! oh! pooh! poof! ow! oo! ouch! hey! eh! h'm! pffft!

    "Well! hey! pooh! oh! h'm! right!"
    (Raymond Queneau, "Interjections," Exercises in Style, translated by Barbara Wright. New Directions: 1981)


  • Proclamation, by crier, for persons bound to answer
    "Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye: A. B., come forth and answer to your name, and save yourself and your bail, or you will forfeit your recognizance."
    (William Lansing, The Lawyers' and Clerks' Assistant, 1898)


  • "Aye, yii, yii, yiiii,
    I am the Frito Bandito."
    (1970s television commercial for Frito's Corn Chips)


  • "Cowabunga"
    (Chief Thunderbird in The Howdy Doody Show and Bart Simpson in The Simpsons)


  • Boris Badenov: Phooey! Foiled again!
    Natasha Fatale: Don't you mean, "Curses! Foiled again!"?
    Boris Badenov: Please, Natasha. This is kiddie show.
    (The Bullwinkle Show, 1964)


  • "Woo-hoo," "Yoink!" and "D'oh"
    (Homer Simpson in The Simpsons)


  • "Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies,
    It's your misfortune, and none of my own."
    (American folk song)


  • "I once had a fish--Francis. He was very dear to me. One afternoon, I came downstairs and it vanished. Poof."
    (Professor Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2009)


  • whoop-de-do
    "This interjection offers sarcastic commentary on a statement or event that was expected to elicit support but instead received disfavor. In my youth in the South, we used big whoo instead. Both interjections offer the same opportunities for high-horse toppling."
    (Mark Dunn, Zounds!: A Browser's Dictionary of Interjections. Macmillan, 2005)


  • "When I hear the hypercritical quarreling about grammar and style, the position of the particles, etc., etc., stretching or contracting every speaker to certain rules of theirs, I see that they forget that the first requisite and rule is that expression shall be vital and natural, as much as the voice of a brute or an interjection: first of all, mother tongue; and last of all, artificial or father tongue. Essentially your truest poetic sentence is as free and lawless as a lamb's bleat."
    (Henry David Thoreau)


  • "Zoinks, yo!"
    (Jay in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, 2001)
Pronunciation: in-tur-JEK-shun
Also Known As: ejaculation, exclamation
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