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The English language is changing. Everyday new words are added and old words are removed. Evidently hootenanny isn’t an official word anymore, but blingbling is. Regardless, there is one area of the language that seems to be overlooked whenever the new words are inducted. Those are the meaningful grunts. You know what I mean. The little noises we make to indicate our feelings when we can’t be bothered to form an actual thought. Sure, these aren’t as respectful or eloquent as actual words, but they are no less evocative, so I see no reason why we shouldn’t add them to the dictionary. As far as I can tell the only valid reason that no one has done so yet is that they have not been formally defined. Well that is about to change.

First a few rules.
[list:2lqxu3wk]1.The sound has to be meant to convey a meaning. That means that vocal sound effects should be listed here only if they are intended to evoke a specific action, event, state of mind, or similar. Indications that a sound was made don’t need definitions. In short, ?Yoink? is in, ?blauuuuuurg? is out. If a sound is capable of conveying meaning, but may represent a less meaningful event or reaction, the most meaningful version should be defined.
2.Just as with words, entries here can have multiple meanings.
3.Ideally each entry should be capable of representing a full thought. In other words, a perfect entry should provide a sufficient answer to a question without the inclusion of other more traditional words.
4.The meaning of the entry should not be able to be determined outside of context. A slurred, muffled, or abbreviated version of a standard phrase should probably not be included here.
5.As with all rules I make up, these are subject to change whenever I feel like it.
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Aw ? An expression of objection, either used sympathetically in response to an anecdote or personal to a minor affront. A lesser form of Oof.

DUN Dun dunnn ? An expression used to herald the introduction of a new source of conflict.

Eh ? An expression of passive acceptance; a reply indicating that something is either sufficient or not unsuitable enough to warrant strenuous objection.

Err ? An expression of error; an indication that the previous statement should be replaced by the following one.

Feh ? An expression of dismissal; a reply to a statement that the speaker believes to be false, unfounded, or otherwise not worthy of consideration.

GAH ? An expression of complete disgust or revulsion.

Gurk ? An expression of suppressed correction; an indicator that a preceding event has violated a personal taboo or demonstrated a pet peeve. May or may not be followed by a comment in opposition of the opposing action.

Hmm ? An indication that the speaker has been presented with a problem and is busy developing a solution.

HUP ? An indication of a leisurely throw.

Meh – An expression of apathy; a reply to a statement that either has little or no bearing on the speaker, or concerns a matter of little or no interest, opinion, or emotion.

Mmm ? An indication of understanding and, usually, agreement.

Oof ? An acknowledgement of misfortune; a sympathetic reply, often to an anecdote relating an unlucky event or sequence of events.

Pff ? Derogatory dismissal; a reply to a statement that the speaker believes to be so obviously false or biased that the act of speaking it should be considered frivolous or objectionable. A stronger version of Feh.

Ugh ? An expression of disgust, often applied to situations deemed inappropriate.

Um ? An expression used as a general delay in speech, either to allow more time to assemble a thought or to allow others to interject at a moment when the speaker perceives it to be necessary.

Yoink ? An indication of petty theft, frequently used when asking permission would have been pointless or unnecessary, but borrowing without notice would have been a violation; a notification of a playful theft.

Zah ? An expression of confusion; an attempt by the speaker to convey a condition of deep misunderstanding. An implicit request for clarification.

Zing ? An indicator that the preceding statement was exceedingly witty, usually applied when said statement was a succinct statement of facts, delivered very quickly, or was subtle and fast enough to render the target momentarily at a loss for words.

(Fart Noise) ? An indication of rejection.

(Scoff Noise) ? An epression of disgust or disbelief at an event, statement, or action.

(Tsk Noise)
? (When in rapid succession)
1. An expression of scorn; an indication that the target should know better than to perform the offending action.
2. An expression of sympathy, expressing sadness at the target’s misfortune.
– (When used once)
An expression of objection, typically preceding a retort.

There. That should be enough for today. If you have any new sounds or definitions to add, join up and let us know. You should also join if you want to tell me how stupid I am, or that you could have done a much better job, or if you like cookies. Tune in regularly for updates to this list, and if you’re good, maybe we’ll give you some nice demonstrations of proper usage. Maybe. | ba3f06a06a424499f050677f02de6f9a

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