Using Interjections and Alliterations in the English Language

I’ll discuss two peculiar things about the English language that provide the ability to write outlandish and bizarre sentences. These two things are...

Words that have no grammatical meaning, yet they are perfectly understood.
Where every word starts with the same letter.

I'll start this article with a discussion of interjections. I was curious to see how many grammatically correct sentences I could write with interjections, as well as what crazy thoughts I may 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 were 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.

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. | Source

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 valid 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.

All I’m doing is using a bunch of interjections in almost everything I say.
All I’m doing is using a bunch of interjections in almost everything I say. | Source

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 things 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.

Bleh. What a mess. I started off really well. I made my point, and now what? 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 umph 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 to over 800 words. Wow! Enough for a short Hub. And I think I made my point. Ha ha!

Definitions and Spelling of Interjections Used Above

Fright or shock
Satisfaction or realization
Sentimental approval
ay yai yai
"Oh boy!"
Displaying annoyance
Surprised, scared
"Who cares!"
Ask for repetition
ha ha
"That's interesting"
Surprise, something found interesting
Ask for confirmation
Feeling something is lovely
Realization or Amazement
Indicating something is high class
Made a mistake
Pain or discomfort
Sign of disappointment
Ackownledgement, confirmation
Indicate concern
Pause in speech
Pause in speech
Exerting oneself

Creative Writing with Alliterations

See what happens when I write sentences with alliterations, where every word starts with the same letter.

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 actual 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 - 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're being creative. There are no strict rules.

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

Do you think you can write an entire story this way? Well, I tried it. My plan 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.

So, 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.

Totally Thrilling and Truly Twisted Trilogies

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

Now that you know what to expect, let's get right into it:

Without preconceived ideas I wrote what came to my mind based on only one thing: writing alliterative verse from A to Z.
Without preconceived ideas I wrote what came to my mind based on only one thing: writing alliterative verse from A to Z. | Source


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


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


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


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


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


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


Generosity and gratitude is a great gift to gander.


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


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


Joking judiciously is becoming more difficult to justify.


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


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


More meanderings are merely materializing from my mind.


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


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


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


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


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


As you sheepishly read these silly sentences, you may by now have become surprisingly aware of some of my senseless shenanigans.


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


Upon all unpretentious ideas I will never undo the unanimous understatements that I have uncovered here.


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


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


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


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


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

The End

I had a notion to make 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

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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Tsk tsk on me, I suppose! ;)

Ohhh, this is a clever one! hehe

Voted up, useful, & interesting.

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Lissie Loomes 4 years ago from Tasmania, Australia

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.

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

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.

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

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.)

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Thank you--and it looks like I should not try to leave comments late at night, for my brain has already left for bed, and I fail to catch typos--I see by the light of day that I misspelled "acronym." Bah!

As for the difference between interjections and the acronyms, yes, I am aware--another result of a sleeping brain trying to be funny. Thanks for the reply. ;-)

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

DzyMsLizzy, no problem. But texting could be the subject for a similar Hub.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

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

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

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


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

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

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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

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Marisaupa 4 years ago

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.

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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. :)

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DayLeeWriter 3 years ago from Georgia

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!

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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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Adventuretravels 2 years ago from London UK

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

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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

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

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Lionrhod 23 months ago from Orlando, FL

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

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Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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

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brakel2 14 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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

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Glenn Stok 14 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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Robert Levine 4 months ago from Brookline, Massachusetts

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.

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Glenn Stok 4 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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

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Sue Adams 3 months ago from Andalusia

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?)

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Glenn Stok 3 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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vocalcoach 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

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!

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Glenn Stok 3 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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