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Using Interjections and Alliterations in the English Language

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Glenn Stok likes to experiment with creative writing and revealing stories such as this, to inspire readers with enlightening observations.

Previously patented paranoia by a practicing physician prone to poor prognosis. This is a sentence using alliterations that I'll explain in the second part of this article below.

Previously patented paranoia by a practicing physician prone to poor prognosis. This is a sentence using alliterations that I'll explain in the second part of this article below.

I’ll discuss two particularly peculiar aspects of the English language that provide the ability to write outlandish and bizarre sentences:

Interjections:

Abrupt, emphatic, exclamations. These words have no grammatical meaning, yet they are perfectly understood.

Alliterations:

Sentences where every word starts with the same letter or sound.

Using Interjections

I'll begin this article with a discussion of interjections. I was curious to see how many grammatically correct sentences I could write with interjections, and what crazy thoughts I might come up with.

After that, I'll show you the fun you can have with writing sentences using alliterations.

So hold on to your seat for some funny and amusing interjections with correct grammar. And stay seated when you get into my second part where I get creative with alliterations, writing all my words starting with the same letter.

As it turns out, I ended up writing the first part of this discussion by actually using interjections in most of my sentences.

Examples of Interjections

Huh? You don’t know what I mean?

Argh. Are you asking me to explain this? Sheesh. Okay, I will.

I'm sure you already noticed what I'm doing. I don't normally speak this way.

In English, it seems to be totally acceptable to throw in an interjection here or there when appropriate. They add some ambiance and realism to the story. Eh. That’s my opinion, anyway.

Aha! I know what you’re thinking. You’re sitting there right now saying, “Eh, who cares?”

You see, grammatical meaning comes from the proper order of words in a sentence. Words by themselves are meaningless. Well, not really. There can very well be sentences that have just one word. Right? Sure! See?

But what I’m getting at, is throwing in some interjections along the way, words that have no meaning, grammatically or otherwise. And yet they make perfect sense when used in the proper place in a sentence.

Ah, that makes sense. Hmm. I thought I explained that quite well. Don’t you agree? And, oh, I’m already using a bunch of interjections. And I barely got started.

So what do you think so far? Should I go on?

Uh-huh. Okay. I will. But sheesh, please just don’t boo me. Ow, that can hurt. You don’t really need to read this if you don’t want to. If you’re reading along just to see me make an ass of myself, then tsk-tsk.

So what do you say? Are you getting anything useful out of this? I guess you need to read between the lines to get what I’m up to. I’m really not teaching you anything or explaining anything other than using a bunch of examples. It’s just the usage of these silly little interjections that keeps me going.

And you? Why are you still here? Aw, you actually find this amusing.

Ooh-la-la! I guess I really got your attention! And all I’m doing is using a bunch of interjections in almost everything I say. Aw. I’m glad you’re with me on this.

Uhh, I really don’t know what else to say.

Uhh, I really don’t know what else to say.

Uhh, I really don’t know what else to say. Uh-oh, I’m afraid I may not be able to keep this up.

Grrr, it’s not easy to dream up things to say without saying something at all. Ah, but I am. I'm giving you examples of using interjections. Am I not succeeding at it? Gee, who knows? I'll leave it up to you to decide.

Yuck. What a mess. I started off really well. I made my point, and now what? Bleh. I'm running out of things to say just to keep using interjections for no good reason at all.

Will this even get a decent ranking from Google? Bah. Who cares?

I’m just doing this for the enjoyment of it anyway. Huh. I probably will decide not to publish this, unless I feel it has some educational value for you. You be the judge.

Eww, you’d be upset with me if I kept it all to myself? Uh-oh. I have to put a lot of oomph into it to make it worthwhile.

Mmm. I may as well share it with you. I’ll go along with that. Okay, so I’ll publish it.

Oops. I almost forgot to include a table of definitions. Ay yai yai.

Eek! I surprised myself! Whoa! I actually made it this far. Wow! And I think I made my point too. Haha!

Definitions of Interjections Used Above

InterjectionDefinition

aah!

Fright or shock

aha

Understanding

ah

Satisfaction or realization

argh

Annoyance

aw

Sentimental approval

ay yai yai

Meaning "Oh boy!"

bah

Displaying annoyance

boo

Disapproval

eek

Surprised, scared

eh

Express "Who cares!"

eh?

Ask for repetition

eww

Distaste

grrr

Anger

haha

Laughter

hmm

Signify "That's interesting"

huh

Surprise, something found interesting

huh?

Ask for confirmation

mmm

Feeling something is lovely

oh

Realization or Amazement

ooh-la-la

Indicating something is high class

oomph

Strength, power, or passion

oops

Made a mistake

ow

Pain or discomfort

sheesh

Exasperation

tsk-tsk

Sign of disappointment

uh-huh

Ackownledgement, confirmation

uh-oh

Indicate concern

uhh

Pause in speech

uhmm

Pause in speech

whoa

Convey "Unbelievable"

wow

Proclaim "Amazing"

yuck

Express distaste or disgust

Creative Writing With Alliterations

Wikipedia describes alliterations as the repetition of a particular sound in a series of words or phrases. Alliterations are sentences or phrases where every word starts with the same letter.

The real creativity is not just writing each word with the same letter. The sentences must make sense, even if they turn out to be silly. But that's what makes this exercise interesting.

Alliterations can be used to make tongue twisters, such as the well-known...

Peter piper picked a peak of pickled peppers.

...starting each word with the same letter (the letter P in this example).

Actually, any authored artistic alliterations are possible. See what I did there? I wrote a sentence with all the words starting with the letter "A." I may have cheated a little with that last word. But that's okay when we are trying to be creative. There are no strict rules.

When I found that public domain image I placed at the top of this article, I got creative and wrote a caption for it in the form of an alliteration: "Previously patented paranoia by a practicing physician prone to poor prognosis."

Examples of Alliterations

Do you think you can write an entire story this way? Well, I tried it. My idea was to see if I can write alliterative sentences for every letter of the alphabet. I had fun writing what you are about to read with an arrangement of my alliterations.

I had my work cut out for me, but I came up with some totally tacky but truly thrilling and twisted tales. I managed to do this all the way through the alphabet.

With that in mind, and without any preconceived ideas of what I was about to write, I just let my mind go free, and I focused on only one thing, writing alliterative verse from A to Z.

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A

About an afternoon of appreciation, above all anticipation, I have become abreast of an abundance of affluent thoughts of the absurd.

B

It's better to beautify the basics in between the best decisions than to brag and bet on better boasts.

C

My callous creativity gets cautiously better as I capture considerable causes.

D

David from Denver divided all the definitions into decisive disorder in a dutiful manner.

E

My erratic effectiveness is emotionally inspiring and even an everlasting endeavor.

F

Figuratively speaking, my father went farther into the woods because he couldn't stand to hear this any further.

G

Generosity and gratitude is a great gift to gander.

H

High above the Himalayas in a helium balloon, I hallucinate with the heuristics of weightlessness.

I

I'm impoverished to imagine that I could continue to improve on this idiocy and inconsistencies.

J

Joking is just becoming more difficult to justify judiciously.

K

It's kind of like kicking a kayak down the street with a kite attached to it.

L

Lots of lucky streaks are originating from my lucid limitations as they become liquefied.

M

More meanderings are merely materializing from my mind.

N

Need to improve in the nick of time, or none of the nonsense will make any new sense now.

O

I started off overly optimistic with an opportunity to overindulge on occasion.

P

Piecing the peculiar pieces together is a pickle, while my permutations preceded the potential progress of my predicament.

Q

Quite a questionable feat not to quit, I must say.

R

I'd rather run into repetitive revisions of my ridiculous ramifications. That would be more responsible of me.

S

As you sheepishly read these silly sentences, you may have become surprisingly aware of the strategy with some of my senseless shenanigans.

T

Tantalizing tipsy ideas are getting me totally translucent, whatever that tactical thought means.

U

Upon all unpretentious ideas I will never undo the unassuming unanimous understanding of the understatements I have uncovered here.

V

Making any value out of this volume of nonsense is very vexing.

W

Why would I subject myself to such a wide and wily array of wild thoughts in a wilderness without any widening focus?

X

Excluding the obvious, I must give in to this extreme experiment and exit soon. Oh! I cheated on this one. Not a single word starts with an X here.

Y

I didn't yield to yodeling or using a yellow marker. I bet you didn't think I would get this far without yammering.

Z

I zealously zoomed right through it and zeroed in on the letter Z.

The End

I had a notion of making a motion asking to allow me to use more lotion since my fingers are all worn from typing this nonsense with caution.

I hope you enjoyed my examples of Interjections and Alliterations. I now return you to your normal state of mind.

© 2012 Glenn Stok

Comments

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 16, 2016:

vocalcoach - Thanks for the wonderfully kind remarks Audrey. My idea with this one was fun as well as being educational. I'm glad you saw both in this.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 15, 2016:

A sure-footed guide to those of us desiring information on using interjections and alliterations. Your style brings great fun to the reader while being educated. I love your writing Glenn!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on July 06, 2016:

Sue - To answer your question, the style of writing where most words end with a similar syllable is more like a poem. Not all poems need to rhyme though. That last one is not an alliteration. All words need to start with the same letter. You got it close though. I cheated too on a few.

Juliette Kando FI Chor from Andalusia on July 06, 2016:

Ah, I just Love it! Thanks Glenn, I learned about interjections, and alliterations today.

You see, I don't do grammar, I speak and write by instinct. Grammar, with its jargonic terminology, seems like a whole new language I was never officially taught.

To fully complete the letter E with alliterations, you could maybe replace "emotionally inspiring" with "emotionally exhausting"?

Argh, being a teacher, I cannot stop myself, sorry.

But I am also a learner. So here is my question:

What do you call the style of writing when most words end on the same or similar syllable, as in the penultimate sentence in your article and in the following examples?

Exquisite biscuits stick to your teeth.

A Havana cigar keeps your mouth far ajar.

The great cuddly bear began to tear all its hair. So we shaved it bare.

When you're old and poor, cannot open the door, life has become a bore, you don't want an encore.

You won't believe how, for a good piece of Roquefort, she turned into a whore! Just because she wanted more.

I wish you'd please cease to ease your fleas on my knees. I twiddle and twitch like a bitch about to ditch an itch.

My sorrow is narrow for a shallow fellow who never says hello. Tomorrow will follow when you'll borrow a halo, I know.

. . . . . . . . .

What did you do dumb to die today? (those are alliteration, right?)

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on June 10, 2016:

Robert Levine - I took your advice and added an intro explaining how interjections and alliterations provide similar bizarre behavior in the written form.

Robert Levine from Brookline, Massachusetts on June 10, 2016:

I'm wondering why you decided to write one hub about both interjections and alliteration. You don't note any common bonds between the two devices.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 20, 2015:

brakel2 - Wow, you brought up an interesting point in reference to the forum discussion about the automated correction that HubPages will be using soon. If MS Word accepts these interjections as valid spelling, then HP's spell check should also accept it. I hope so. Thanks for checking this out Audrey, and thanks for sharing.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on August 20, 2015:

Glenn - I like the information in this hub, and it is somewhat amusing to me. I would like to write a hub with interjections. You come up with such unusual ideas. I did put some of the words in MS Word, and it accepted those words. It was a little experiment, based on a discussion in the forum. I wonder what will result from the grammar and spell checker. I love the word "wow." and use it a lot. Wow, what a hub haha lol! Sharing. Blessings, Audrey

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on November 01, 2014:

Lionrhod - Thanks so much! I meant it to be amusing while useful. Glad you thought so.

Lionrhod from Orlando, FL on November 01, 2014:

Golly! Not just a useful hub but an amusing one too.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on October 04, 2014:

Adventuretravels - Love it! You definitely got the hang of it.

Giovanna from UK on October 04, 2014:

Crikey have you seen the time?! Drat I wanted to stay and read more! Fiddlesticks! Alas - Boohoo. Good work!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on November 27, 2012:

DayLeeWriter, I see you really got the hang of it. Thanks for voting and for sharing this. And thanks for checking out another of my hubs.

Debra Cornelius from Georgia on November 27, 2012:

Ekk! ay yai yai.crazy, funny hub to 'wake up' the brain cells this morning. Eh? Tsk tsk-you really should serve it with coffee! Voted up and shared!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 27, 2012:

Marisaupa, I appreciate that you feel so strong about my Hub as to use it as a reference for your students. But isn't that only going to confuse them? It's one thing to learn another language and grasp the concept of idiomatic statements. But when they also discover interjections, that may really blow their minds. One thing I can say, once they learn from you, nothing will stand in their way. :)

Maria Sol on February 27, 2012:

Thank you, sir. Great Hub!

On occasion I have been called upon to assist business executives whose native language is not English with everything from business correspondence to preparing for the common chatter of a corporate mixer. Although these individuals are relatively fluent in English, the concept of colloquial expressions, slang and the meaning of certain interjections often eludes them. Your hub will now become a reference source which I will recommend to similar individuals in the future.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 06, 2012:

RTalloni, Looks like I got you going on that. lol. Thanks for stopping by.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 06, 2012:

Jim, Thanks for checking this out and for the vote up.

I guess you are really referring to Noah Webster, who started compiling the his dictionary before the two brothers, George and Charles Merriam, purchased rights to it. The Merriam's kept Webster's name, due to his reputation, for the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

There are actually many injections in Merriam-Webster's dictionary. Any new word used in English vocabulary is kept in a citation list. If a word is widely used, which will become evident from having enough citations, then it is considered for addition.

RTalloni on February 06, 2012:

Oh, aha! Hmm. Ha ha! Glad you decided to publish since you were indeed going somewhere regarding using interjections in sentences.

James Bowden from Long Island, New York on February 06, 2012:

Hi Glenn:

At first I thought I was reading a script from Seinfeld. As you may know from watching a few episodes-that show is basically about nothing and come to think of it, there are a lot of interjections used among the cast. Also when I reviewed your list of interjections in the table included-if Mirriam Webster could see this now, he would have turned over in his grave. I knew you were a humorous guy, but now I know for sure after reading this. It is also a good way to convey useful information to an audience, in a humorous way. I thought it to be just plain, "WOW" Amazing and voted it up as well as funny. And thanks for the bonetickler, my own interjecton! lol

Jim

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on January 27, 2012:

Millionaire Tips, I'll have to add that one. Ay yai yai! I can't believe I left that out! I just checked, you spelled it right. Thanks for the addition.

Shasta Matova from USA on January 27, 2012:

ay yai yai, I think the problem is figuring out how to spell them! oh oh I think I might have spelled it wrong.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on January 27, 2012:

DzyMsLizzy ~ Thanks for the humorous comments. Looks like I taught a new language of speaking interjections. lol. You had an interesting question. Texting acronyms are used to say something meaningful in a few letters. Whereas interjections have no meaning, but are perfectly understood. So they are two different things. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 26, 2012:

Oh, wow, such an awesome set of interjections for everyday use, eh? Gee--I thought 'eh' was a Canadian-ism. LOL

Of course, if you are a cat or dog, it would be a "pawsome" article instead.

Well, do texting and internet acronymns count? LOT BTW, this was a very funny hub. I'm ROFL.

Ummm...I think I've run out of comment material--grrr. So I guess it's time to toddle off to beddy-bye.

(Voted up and funny.)

jeyaramd from Mississauga, Ontario on January 26, 2012:

Interejections definitely personifies a sentence. I think we relate more to the person. It's a great way to add realism to any hub or comment. ha ha. Lol.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on January 26, 2012:

VeronicaFarkas, lol. Gee... I didn't think it would be useful too. Aw Thanks.

Lissie Loomes, Thanks for the feedback. I was wondering what kind of response I'd get to this.

Lissie Loomes from Tasmania, Australia on January 26, 2012:

Very amusing and clever. One of the best ways to make teaching memorable is to use humour. I enjoyed it and learned from it too.

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on January 26, 2012:

Tsk tsk on me, I suppose! ;)

Ohhh, this is a clever one! hehe

Voted up, useful, & interesting.