oi, oi vei, oi vay
- exclamation of dismay, exasperation, or surprise
- "Oy, Jessica is such a pretty and smart girl. Why can't she find a husband already?"
Languages of Origin
אױ װײ oy vey 'oh woe'
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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