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    Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    What does the oho interjection really express in HU?

    In what situations would it be used? Is one sex more likely to use it that the other?

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    Used at the beginning of a friendly tease.

    Example: Oho! Tony saahab to baRe aadmii ban gaye haiN, ab hameN kyuN lifT karaa'eN ge!!

    Can also be used at the start of a cheerful compliment

    Example: Oho! aaj chhoTe miyaaN bohot chamak rahe haiN, masha'Allah!

    There's another much less used version of this that I also recall: wither okkho! or oxxo!
    Last edited by UrduMedium; 20th February 2013 at 6:52 PM.

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    In addition to what UM has already explained by way of fine examples, "oho" is also used when a person expresses (slight) annoyance: for example, "Oho! Tum se to aaj kal itnaa bhii kaam Dhang se nahiN hotaa!"

    Meanwhile, UM, we say "lifT deNge" if you mean to give someone a ride in a vehicle; is "lifT karaaenge" as well common?

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    Quote Originally Posted by greatbear
    Meanwhile, UM, we say "lifT deNge" if you mean to give someone a ride in a vehicle; is "lifT karaaenge" as well common?
    lifT karaanaa

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    Thanks, Alfaaz! We use "lifT denaa" in the sense of "ghaas denaa" (or "ghaas Daalnaa") as well: "lifT karaanaa" is new to me.
    Last edited by greatbear; 21st February 2013 at 7:16 AM. Reason: "ghaas Daalnaa" added

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    GB- In Pakistani Urdu you'll find both lifT denaa and lifT karaanaa, in roughly the same sense. From my experience the latter is a bit more common.

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    Curious if anyone else can vouch for oxxo/okkho in the sense of oho?

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    Quote Originally Posted by UrduMedium View Post
    GB- In Pakistani Urdu you'll find both lifT denaa and lifT karaanaa, in roughly the same sense. From my experience the latter is a bit more common.
    Thanks a lot, UM, for the extra information!

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    Re: Hindi/Urdu - oho interjection

    Quote Originally Posted by greatbear View Post
    In addition to what UM has already explained by way of fine examples, "oho" is also used when a person expresses (slight) annoyance: for example, "Oho! Tum se to aaj kal itnaa bhii kaam Dhang se nahiN hotaa!"
    I agree, this usage is also there.

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