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From: jroos <>
Subject: Re: OY- YOY- YOY
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 12:58:29 -0600

My grandmother used to say that too. I just thought she was saying my
name, it sounds exactly the same. BTW my name is JOY

Joy in Wisc.

Elin Galtung Lihaug wrote:
> Hi Bill and Ruby,
> I'm from Oslo and would use the word "åj" - or "oj" - like you use the word "wow".
> Not three times, though. Only once or twice - åj, åj :-)
> Regards,
> Elin
> Ruby wrote:
> >I don't know where that came from but my family says it too. We are
> >3/4th Norwegian and 1/4 swede. It would be interesting to find out.
> >This summer when my cousin and a friend were visiting from Norway one of
> >them dressed up very nicely to go to church. I then heard the other say
> >Oy! It sounded like we sometimes use wow! These people came from Nord
> >Trondelag.
> >
> >Marvel A. Allen wrote:
> >>My mother would use this expression when faced with extraordinary good
> >>luck, or when someone brought her a gift far beyond anything that she might
> >>have expected. Despite living in a totally Norwegian neighborhood, I
> >>never heard anyone else say it. Her dad was from Norway, as were her
> >>mothers parents. Could this have been a local expression from some part
> >>of Norway, or something she may have got from the funny papers? Any
> >>ideas?
> >>
> >>Bill
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