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Hello!

I'd like to know how to write (correctly) sounds that express a particular feeling.
Aargh! = ? how would you "translate" it? despair?
uh ? = ? hesitation?
dah! (duh?) = disgust?
slurp

Can you add others?

Can you also check the spelling?

Thank you!
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I use 'argh' a lot (spelling is freeform, depending on the depth of your despair-- or frustration and homicidal tendency, which is what I usually use it for)

I use 'uh', being of the North American persuasion, but I notice that many of my BrE colleagues have an affection for 'erm'.

'Duh!' to me is downright stupidity.

'Slurp' is a real word, and is for a soft drink or hamburger loaded (I certainly don't slurp my martinis).

I use 'Ak!' a lot, for physically or spiritually repellent things (that's why you don't see it in my posts here).

'Hmm'-- I am sure you are familiar with my use of this thought process, as I reluctantly come to the conclusion that I haven't a clue.

And then there is 'hooeee', which is an ecstatic sound that only we cowboys can make, like when we see a real tight pair of jeans or a cold frosty beer.

Hmm... I'm sure there are more, if I could only-- rats.
I use 'Ak!' a lot, for physically or spiritually repellent things (that's why you don't see it in my posts here).


Emotion: smile

There's also something like "uh huh"? when you acquiesce wordlessly? (is the spelling correct?)

"Phew!"

And what could be the English equivalent of French "Beeerk!/Beurk!" ? "Ak"?
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'Uh-huh' – yes, acquiescence

'Uh-huh?' = 'that is quite a boring statement; but I am nonetheless politely simulating interest'

'Uh-oh' – 'something is amiss here'

'Yuk!' = 'beeerk!'

'Euuugh!', pronounced 'ee-you' = 'yuk!' (mostly used by females)

'Aaahhh!', with downward glide – noise made (again, mostly by females, or ironic males) over something 'cute'

'Praaarrppp!' – a Joycean fart

'Burp!' – a belch

'Eek!' – noise made on sighting a mouse

'Oi!' – loudly, to attract someone's attention in the street (BrE?)

'Oi'!' – indignant noise; a guinea pig has just whipped a sizzling sausage 'off of' your plate.

'Sheesh!' – noise of incredulity

MrP
'Oi!' – loudly, to attract someone's attention in the street (BrE?)


BrE? Definitely! In the U.S. it's half of the Jewish expression Oy Vey!

CJ
My contribution (the result of faithful comic reading)

'Ah hah!' - used when you stumble upon something interesting.

'Ahoy!' - sailor special

'Ahem!' - to clear the throat or to make ones presence felt.

'Ugh!' - to express disgust

'Grrrrr!' - doggy special - sometimes used by humans too Emotion: wink

'Whoa!' - stop, slow down

'Awww' - mostly used to sympathise

'cackle' - chicken special - humans cackle too Emotion: smile

'chuckle' - sort of a small laugh

'gee' - surprise, enthusiasm or sympathy

'thump' - heavy footsteps

'screech' - car tyres

'splish splosh' - walking through a puddle of water

'tic toc' - ticking of a clock or walking with pencil heels

'kerplunk' -

'whoosh' - windy sound

'eh?' - more often used after a question

'plonk' -

'whack' - sound of a good whack

'swish' - trees and lovely dresses make that sound

'ha ha ha' - a good laugh

'he he he' - a sly laugh

'ho ho ho' - Santa laughs

'oooh' - to droole (like drooling over George Clooney) Emotion: wink

'Sigh!' - to sigh of course

'grunt' - one of the sounds used to show disapproval or irritation

'Er' or ‘Umm’- the pause-to-think sound

'boom' - that could signify a blast

'sputter' - when car engines aren't so co-operative

'vrrooom' - lovely bikes/sports cars make that sound

'smooch' - definitely a kiss

‘gurgle’ – baby talk or sound of water

‘tut tut’ – to show dislike or anger

‘poof’ – disappearing sound

‘chomp’ –that is Jughead with a large burger

‘grrrrowl’ – another doggy/tiger special

‘tweet tweet’ – birdy sound

‘woof woof’ – typical dog bark

‘pop’ – opening a champagne bottle

scream, shout, roar, howl, bellow, squeal, holler, shriek, screech

‘sniff’ – when you have a bad cold or are crying

‘giggle’ – small laughs

BIF! BAM! POW! – that's Popeye after eating spinach

SPLAT! – sounds like a cake just landed on someone's face!

‘KRACK’ or ‘ZZZAP’ – electrocution

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Hooeee!

This is wonderful!
Thank you!
Emotion: big smile most welcome, pieanne!
Wonderful, Benita!

Another couple:

1. 'Oo-er!' – humorous response to:

a) a saucy "Carry On film"-style joke or comment
b) something disconcerting

(Often extended to 'Oo-er, missus!')

2. 'ooOOoo!' [starts on a low pitch, goes higher, returns to somewhere in the middle] – noise made after:

a) someone else has made a particularly bitchy comment

b) someone else has made a threat they are obviously incapable of carrying out.

Audiences on game shows seem to like this one.

(These may be BrE-only.)

MrP
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