Expressions that mean duh

Susan Burt smburt at ILSTU.EDU
Tue Mar 27 02:25:24 UTC 2007

I don't know about the "duh" equivalents, but the questions with
obvious answers have been called "Pope questions," after one of them:
"Is the Pope Catholic?"


On Mar 26, 2007, at 8:07 PM, Patti Kurtz wrote:

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> 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?
> Thanks.
> Patti Kurtz
> Minot State University
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