Monday, March 21, 2016

The Oy Variations

Dear SJG,
What's the diff between Oy and Oy Vey, Oy Veysmere and Oy Gevalt? I'm so confused, I could plotz.
Dear Oy-Challenged,
Relax. Oy works in many combos, but allow me to break it down for you. The singular Oy is best reserved for mild frustration. As in, "Oy, I can't remember if I took my anti-depressant." The Oy Vey duo works beautifully in moments of pre-panic. As in, "Oy vey, I can't remember if I left the stove on." Oy Veysmere, on the other hand, goes well with self-flagellation. As in, "Oy veysmere, I'm such a porker." What? Still not satisfied? You'd like more oomph with your oy? May I suggest, Oy Freakin' Gevalt, a triple threat best uttered in the presence of animals. As in, "Oy freakin' gevalt, Dusty, what is it with you and cat poop?" And finally, when the aforementioned Oy Variations just aren't enough emphasis for you, and nothing else will suffice, then your vocabulary needs Oy Effin' Vey. As in, "Oy effin' vey, there's an alligator in the kitchen."
You're Welcome,


  1. I always thought OY was what was left after someone stole the J from the beginning of the word... But against a backdrop of NYC, and in homage to spring practice, I guess "there is no joy in mudville 'cause mighty Casey struck out" and O'Malley moved the Dodgers to LA...

  2. A very goyish take on a very Jewish expression.