January 1, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:46 pm

Not surprisingly, last night’s dinner with the Usual Suspects at a local bistro, followed by a get-together at Casa de Bodyguard and the Deckmistress, was an unqualified success. Adult beverages were consumed at both venues, leaving me slightly ragged around the edges today.

”Yo, Jimbo, that’s very interesting, but what does it have to do with the title of this post?”

Okay, I’m getting there. I already said that I was a little fuzzy today.

So, while spending the bulk of the day alternately reading and nodding off., I did notice that I had an annoyingly painful hangnail on one of the fingers of my right hand and a teeny, but also annoyingly painful cut on my left thumb (Don’t remember how I got it). Upon noticing the former, I said “Ow!” and I said “Ouch!” when I noticed the latter.

That got me to wondering what people say in other languages when they discover annoying painful hangnails and teeny but painful cuts. A quick trip to the internet revealed that others before me have asked this burning question. As usual, the internet does not disappoint.

For the rest of the day, instead of saying “Ow!” or “Ouch,” I will say “Aray!” which is what the peeps in the Philippines say.

So ends this most illuminating post.


  1. I like the all purpose Cantonese Eye-Yaw!

    Comment by Carl Brannen — January 1, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

  2. God Bless the intarwebs.

    Instead of “ouch,” I usually implore the Creator to bring forth some damnation.

    One time, I injured myself with a tool, and was preparing to let forth with aforementioned invective, only to see my 4 year old daughter looking at me.

    Biting my lip, I said, “Dadgummit, that hurt.”

    She tilted her head quizically at me and said in that deadpan voice that only a 4-year old can pull off, “Dad, don’t you mean Goddammit?”

    What could I say? She was right.

    Comment by Craig — January 1, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

  3. For minor booboos, I tend to mutter “bugger!’ For anything more than a paper cut, I yelp “fuck fuck fuckity fuck!” It’s automatic anymore, which is rather a downside when I bang my elbow at my Mom’s….
    “fuck fuck fuckity fuck!”
    *smack* “Watch your language, young lady!”
    “Well, fu… uh.. ouch.”

    Comment by LeeAnn — January 1, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

  4. I, personally, can offer you some more Filipino (Tagalog) words and phrases, seeing as how I was stationed there for 2 years while in the Navy. Some of them you could even repeat in mixed or polite company…

    Comment by DMerriman — January 2, 2009 @ 12:49 am

  5. yeah, spent a couple of years in the PI myself and I have heard a LBFM say oweee more than once…I think it was the crabs…

    Comment by GUYK — January 2, 2009 @ 9:33 am

  6. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Mr. Bingley — January 2, 2009 @ 9:41 am

  7. Many years ago, my then 5-year-old daughter was in an accident that resulted in several broken bones, and a 6-day coma. Upon being awakened from the coma by a careless X-Ray tech who was trying to move her by pushing on her broken shoulder, her first words were “Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, OUCH! I want my MOMMY!” Sweetest words I ever heard.

    We decided that was the 5-year-old version of LeeAnn’s “fuck fuck fuckity fuck!”, or something equally age-inappropriate.

    Now she’s an interrogator in the Army. I wonder if there’s any connection?

    Comment by MorningGlory — January 5, 2009 @ 10:57 am

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