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    When words fail you, what do you call it?

    What do you call words that are just sounds like "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" or "eh?" is there a name for them? Words that are not recognised by the dictionary but alas are often used in fiction especially in dialogue.

    "Boo!"
    "Ahh!"
    "Hey!"
    "Ow!"

    This is a conceivable conversation that does not include any real words of which specific meaning can be placed upon. It's like listening to apes conversing, but the human version.



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    Re: When words fail you, what do you call it?


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    Re: When words fail you, what do you call it?

    Interjections (Well!) show excitement (Oh!) or emotion (Hey!).
    They're generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point,
    Or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong.

    So when you're happy (Hurray!) or sad (Aw!)
    Or frightened (Eeeeeek!) or mad (Rats!)
    Or excited (Wow!) or glad (Hey!)
    An interjection starts a sentence right.


    (c) Lynn Ahrens
    Schoolhouse Rock

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