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A List of 100 Interjections in English
Good Golly, Good Gosh, and Other G-Rated Interjections
Updated July 18, 2017
Hey! Let's take a look at interjections—or, as they're sometimes called (somewhat misleadingly), exclamations.

Elsewhere, we've described interjections as the "outlaws of English grammar":
Interjections usually stand apart from normal sentences, defiantly maintaining their syntactic independence. (Yeah!) They aren't marked inflectionally for grammatical categories such as tense or number. (No sirree!) And because they show up more frequently in spoken English than in writing, most scholars have chosen to ignore them. (Aw.)
("Oh, Wow!: Notes on Interjections")
Still, there are two more points worth making before we get down to our G-rated list. (We'll leave it up to you to supply any rude or potentially offensive interjections.) 
For a start, interjections have traditionally been treated as one of the eight parts of speech (or word classes). But it's worth keeping in mind that many interjections can do double or triple duty as other parts of speech. For instance, when a word such as boy or awesome appears by itself (often followed by an exclamation point in writing), it functions as an interjection:
  • Boy! You have an answer for everything.
  • The crew chief handed me my first pay check. "Awesome!" I said.
But when that same word shows up syntactically integrated into a sentence, it usually operates as a different part of speech. In the following examples, boy is a noun and awesome is an adjective:
  • The boy ate a Snickers bar.
  • Seeing the northern lights for the first time was an awesome experience.
Words that are used only as interjections are called primary interjections, while words that also belong to other word classes are called secondary interjections
Oh! I almost forgot. Here's something else to look out for. The meanings of interjections sometimes change depending on the context in which they're used.
The word oh, for example, may indicate surprise, disappointment, or delight:
  • Oh! I didn't see you sitting there.
  • Oh. I was hoping you could stay for awhile.
  • Oh! I'm so glad you came!
As you read through this list, see if you can pick out the interjections that have more than one meaning.
  1. ah
  2. a-ha
  3. ahem
  4. alas
  5. amen
  6. aw
  7. awesome
  8. bada bing
  9. bah
  10. baloney
  11. big deal
  12. bingo
  13. boo
  14. boo hoo
  15. booya
  16. boy (boy oh boy)
  17. bravo
  18. brillliant
  19. brrr
  20. bull
  21. bye (bye-bye)
  22. cheers
  23. come on (c'mon)
  24. cool
  25. cowabunga
  26. dang
  27. darn (darn it)
  28. dear me
  29. duck
  30. duh
  31. eh
  32. enjoy
  33. excellent
  34. fabulous
  35. fantastic
  36. fiddle dee dee
  37. finally
  38. for heaven's sake
  39. fore
  40. foul
  41. freeze
  42. gee (gee whiz)
  43. giddyap
  44. golly (good golly, golly willikers)
  45. goodbye
  46. good grief
  47. good heavens
  48. gosh
  49. great
  50. great balls of fire
  51. ha
  52. hallelujah
  53. heavens (heavens above, heavens to betsy)
  54. heigh ho
  55. hello
  56. help
  57. hey (hey there)
  58. hi (hi ya)
  59. hip, hip, hooray
  60. hmm
  61. ho ho ho
  62. holy mackerel (holy moley, holy Moses, holy smoke)
  63. ho hum
  64. hooray (hurray)
  65. howdy (howdy do)
  66. huh
  67. ick
  68. indeed
  69. jeez
  70. kaboom
  71. kapow
  72. lordy (lordy lordy)
  73. mama mia
  74. man
  75. marvelous
  76. my
  77. my goodness (my stars, my word)
  78. nah
  79. no problem
  80. no way (no way Jose)
  81. nope
  82. nuts
  83. oh (oh boy, oh dear, oh my gosh, oh my, oh my goodness, oh no, oh well)
  84. OK
  85. ouch
  86. ow
  87. please
  88. poof
  89. sh
  90. super
  91. swell
  92. welcome
  93. well
  94. whoop-de-doo
  95. woo-hoo
  96. wow
  97. yabba dabba do
  98. yadda yadda
  99. yippee
  100. yummy
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