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Exclamation. August 25, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

This famous exclamation comes from Tamil and is the verbal manifestation of a gasp. It is extensively used in moments of shock, surprise and sometimes admiration. It is slipped with ease into colloquial English as well and is universally understood in South India.

Usage

Example 1.
Vijay: What's up da?? How was the interview yesterday?
Karthik: I got the job da! And the pay is pretty good too; 8 Lakhs per annum.
Vijay: Ushoo yes-aa?? Awesome buggar, we need to celebrate!


Example 2.
Manju: Hey you know that girl Ankita in my class? She is getting married to some firang next month!
Neha: Ushoo!! Really?? I would have never imagined..she looks so paavum!
Manju: I know! And apparently he proposed with a damn sexy ring. Sounds like some super hep fellow.


Added 2011-07-08 by Shutup your mouth

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Terms referencing this

oosht, Bombat, wondear na?, yappa, abbha, DMT