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Where does the term Oy come from?

Oy vey (Yiddish: ?? ??‎) or oy vey iz mir is a Yiddish phrase expressing dismay or exasperation. Also spelled oy vay, oy veh, or oi vey, and often abbreviated to oy, the expression may be translated as, "oh, woe!" or "woe is me!" Its Hebrew equivalent is oy vavoy (??? ?????, ój waävój).

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Just so, what does the term Oy mean?

The Meaning of OY OY means "Oh Yeah" So now you know - OY means "Oh Yeah" - don't thank us. YW! What does OY mean? OY is an acronym, abbreviation or slang word that is explained above where the OY definition is given.

Subsequently, question is, why do British say oi? Oi” is meant to be said with a tone of hostility or vulgarity. It was heavily associated with the skinhead-punk rock scene.

One may also ask, can you say oy vey?

While Yiddish experts said the term “oy vey” simply means “oh, woe” and has no offensive denotations, the DOT ruled them out.

What does Oy vey mean in French?

Oy vey, oy vay, or just oy — or even more elaborately oy vey iz mir, oh weh! — is an exclamation of dismay or exasperation meaning something like "oh, pain" or "woe is me".

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