Expressions that mean duh

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 27 03:41:44 UTC 2007

Patti Kurtz wrote:
> Not exactly a dialect question, but a language one.  I'm trying to come
> up with some different expressions that we use to mean "well, duh"-- in
> response to a question whose answer is obvious-- for example "Does the
> sun rise in the east?"  (these are for a novel I'm working on)
> Is there a name for those?  And can you folks cite some examples?

I don't know if there's a name for them. But:

"Is the Pope Catholic?"
"Does a bear shit in the woods?"
"Is the sky blue?"

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