[Ads-l] "ope", interj.

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 16 12:20:15 EST 2017


Yep, I make the comparison to "yep"/"nope". And "welp" too -- see:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/11/30/_welp_slang_term_has_longer_history_than_you_might_think.html


On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:25 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Haven't read the piece, but cf. "Yep!" and especially "Nope!"
>
> JL
>
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 12:32 AM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Influenced by Homer's "Doh!!!" perhaps?
> > ________________________________
> > From: Ben Zimmer<mailto:bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
> > Sent: ‎11/‎15/‎2017 21:28
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU<mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> > Subject: "ope", interj.
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> >
> > I don't recall the interjection "ope" coming up here before... It's now
> the
> > subject of a HuffPost piece by a writer who is supremely annoyed by it,
> but
> > who at least had the good sense to call upon some ADSers (Grant Barrett,
> > Connie Eble, Michael Adams, and me).
> >
> > https://www.huffingtonpost.
> com/entry/ope-meaning_us_5a0b0ec5e4b0bc648a0e0a49
> >
> >
>

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