Whoa! vs Woah!

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Whoa! 41
Woah! 7


Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:27 (three years ago) link

both have their uses, 'whoa!' is for getting a horse to stop and 'woah!' is for keanu-style exclamations

grim-n-gritty hooty reboot (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:29 (three years ago) link

One of these is actually just wrong and fuiud

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:29 (three years ago) link

looks like dmac and i are gonna get into it itt

grim-n-gritty hooty reboot (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:30 (three years ago) link

OK, as soon as it turns up we'll help yez in..

Mark G, Friday, 19 January 2018 13:31 (three years ago) link

'Woah!' always reads to me like it should be followed by a 'Got You All In Check'.

the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:52 (three years ago) link

Can we get a ruling on 'Wo!'?

the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:53 (three years ago) link

Who TF says that?

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:54 (three years ago) link

Me, that's wo.

the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Friday, 19 January 2018 14:01 (three years ago) link

That was a legit typo. But let's pretend that it was intentional.

the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Friday, 19 January 2018 14:02 (three years ago) link

"whoa!"? huh? what is that good for?

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:31 (three years ago) link

Can we get a ruling on 'Wo!'?


It’s ‘Wo!!’ fyi

https://youtu.be/j2u5Gbadn7o

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 January 2018 16:44 (three years ago) link

(last chance to vote, etc)

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 January 2018 16:45 (three years ago) link

Woe!

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:11 (three years ago) link

Whoa is correct
Woah is what Snowy says and only he may say it

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:15 (three years ago) link

obv one of u is about to find me saying 'woah' somewhere in the archives

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:20 (three years ago) link

actually knowing me it'll have about seventeen os. you'll never find it

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:20 (three years ago) link

unless you search for all values of o up until like idk forty

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:21 (three years ago) link

then we factor in multiple as or hs

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:21 (three years ago) link

up to 10 as, up to 5 hs. 40X10x5 = 2000 searches. not worth your time

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:22 (three years ago) link

'woah!' is for keanu-style exclamations

Keanu can go teach his granny to suck eggs. George Fox is da man.

When he was within a mile of Lichfield, he was commanded by God to remove his shoes. Leaving the footwear with some startled shepherds, he carried on into the City, where God once again spoke to him, telling him to “Cry woe unto the bloody City of Lichfield”.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:25 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4gcQj_NZ30

boxedjoy, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:30 (three years ago) link

Woah is what Snowy says and only he may say it

Snowy says Wooah!, gtfo you fake geek girl

Haribo Hancock (sic), Friday, 19 January 2018 19:12 (three years ago) link

there is only whoa and woe imo

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 19 January 2018 19:30 (three years ago) link

anguished quotes by existential philosophers etc etc

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 19 January 2018 19:39 (three years ago) link

Whoa! to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea

jmm, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:48 (three years ago) link

whoah!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m69klb78cQ

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 19 January 2018 19:52 (three years ago) link

One of these is actually just wrong and fuiud

― remember the lmao (darraghmac), Friday, January 19, 2018 7:29 AM (three days ago)

otm

Duddest of the dud: not having the strength of conviction either way and retreating to "woa"

WilliamC, Monday, 22 January 2018 16:36 (three years ago) link

https://cdn.head-fi.org/a/9246361.jpg

"Whoa."

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 January 2018 16:42 (three years ago) link

Can we get a ruling on 'Wo!'?

― the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Friday, January 19, 2018 1:53 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Who TF says that?

― Badgers (dog latin), Friday, January 19, 2018 1:54 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

British rappers apparently:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd9gEMJ7-cM

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 22 January 2018 16:50 (three years ago) link

Righteous Brothers sang wo-o-wo-o-wo in their greatest hit.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 22 January 2018 17:35 (three years ago) link

i made a supercut of all the Bill & Ted woahs

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 22 January 2018 17:40 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwNrOPFFNjU

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 22 January 2018 17:41 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP0Sjhp0KLo

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 22 January 2018 17:41 (three years ago) link

Every time I see this thread title I get ‘Ride On Time’ stuck in my head

faust apes (NickB), Monday, 22 January 2018 17:54 (three years ago) link

^ a visitor from the 'spiritual hats' thread

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 22 January 2018 18:18 (three years ago) link

great work adamvania

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 22 January 2018 23:06 (three years ago) link

didn't we do this a couple of years ago

kinder, Monday, 22 January 2018 23:10 (three years ago) link

Noah

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 22 January 2018 23:12 (three years ago) link

ATTN: Copyeditors and Grammar Fiends

kinder, Monday, 22 January 2018 23:16 (three years ago) link

is this a January ritual dog latin? :)

kinder, Monday, 22 January 2018 23:18 (three years ago) link

huh, i genuinely don't remember writing that.

Badgers (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:38 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 23 February 2018 00:01 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:01 (three years ago) link

...britishes?

sleepingbag, Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:26 (three years ago) link

Results otm and as stated fuiud

Planck Blather (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:46 (three years ago) link

bill ladson concurs

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:53 (three years ago) link

wau

how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:06 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Definitely Woah. It flows the the best. The other way is clunky.

“Big” Don Abernathy, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:40 (eight months ago) link

You're swimming against the floah.

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:43 (eight months ago) link

this may be the final straw

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:48 (eight months ago) link

I’m not trying to be disrespectful since I’m still relatively new here (and granted I haven’t read the thread yet) but my brother in law is in linguistics and he told me how this came up in a conference and they settled on “woah” so maybe let’s not be too proud of this cute poll thing here lol

“Big” Don Abernathy, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:57 (eight months ago) link

being proud of cute polls is why this place exists

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 05:00 (eight months ago) link

please note: linguists worthy of respect do not arrogate to themselves the power to decide such matters. they study what people say and write, amd accept them as the sole and final arbiters of correctness. if we ilxors conclude that 'whoa' is correct, then linguists cannot override us.

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 05:01 (eight months ago) link

Okay that’s fine. I should just let people have their fun with this stuff. Ultimately some things just aren’t about what the truth is. Hey mods please feel free to delete my posts in this thread!

“Big” Don Abernathy, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 05:02 (eight months ago) link

And other threads

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 05:51 (eight months ago) link

No!!

“Big” Don Abernathy, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 06:03 (eight months ago) link

you're new here? feels like you've been around a long time. like an old friend, or a favorite pair of socks.

superdeep borehole (harbl), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 12:54 (eight months ago) link

I've never said either out loud tbh, but "Woah!" in the company of human beings seems appropriate, but I think you would say "Whoa!" to a horse, the -hw sounds seems to make more sense in the latter case. I would probably write "Woah!" because "Whoa!" looks a bit odd.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 13:07 (eight months ago) link

Hwoa, surely?

Wet Pretzels and Other Soggy Snacks (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 13:43 (eight months ago) link

Wo - it's one syllable, two less letters. save us all time plz this planet hasn't got long

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 13:51 (eight months ago) link

Hwoa only if you are about to tell us about the spear-Danes

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 13:54 (eight months ago) link

Hwoa, surely?

I come from a place where /hw/ hasn't completely died out.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 14:09 (eight months ago) link

Everyone is probably too busy to do it but I get a sense from the recent posts that if this poll were run and voted on again that “woah!” would run away with it.

“Big” Don Abernathy, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:07 (eight months ago) link

"whoa", and the back-up when it needs to use the restroom is "wo"

"woah" is back in toledo washing dishes

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:09 (eight months ago) link

but yes, i am way too busy to use ilx right now lol

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:10 (eight months ago) link

I maintain, as upthread, that 'woah' =

https://j.gifs.com/m26OYx.gif

Wet Pretzels and Other Soggy Snacks (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:17 (eight months ago) link

i just want to add that i am definitely NOT too busy to use ilx right now, i was just being sarcastic. these are the issues that matter

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:18 (eight months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/ykXXqFu.png

case closed

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:19 (eight months ago) link

I think you would say "Whoa!" to a horse

When spoken in human company, "whoa" (as I've heard it used) expresses surprise, but it also carries with it the implication of "slow down and give me a moment to absorb that".

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:21 (eight months ago) link

it also carries with it the implication of "slow down and give me a moment to absorb that".

sometimes it does. but it can also mean "no no, stop that!", whether to a horse or to another person. i'm thinking back to various times in my life when i have witnessed something horrible that should immediately stop. it's tough to recall particulars, but i remember shouting variants of "whoa whoa whoa no! no!"

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:23 (eight months ago) link

Big Don Afterthought going full Sidney Powell

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:23 (eight months ago) link

"whoa" may be a more generalized word for me, though - almost more like a sound or a feeling, sometimes. whoa flies out of my mouth left and right, in many contexts

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:24 (eight months ago) link


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