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Old October 5th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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I noticed a post of yours which had as the subject line " OY, OY, OY, VEY.
I guess I am about to be exposed as the CM moron but I don't have a clue what that means.
I have twenty five young people ( 20 to 28 age group ) that work for me and they are all into blogs, message boards, and IM. I asked them and they have no idea what it means.
Finally I turned to my two teenage granddaughters that live on a computer and they couldn't decode this.
So now that I am publicly exposed as being " old and out of touch " , what the heck do those words mean ??

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Old October 5th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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Ben,

It isn't Internet short hand. It's a combination of Triptonese and Oy Vey. The yiddish term that roughly translates to "How terrible!"

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Old October 5th, 2006, 09:38 AM
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Thanks Mike.
I thought it was my problem. As you know because you lived here, southerners are still learning English.

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Old October 5th, 2006, 11:44 AM
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Ben,
With just 2 little little letters, this compact little word says it all. In especially trying situations, the full, oy vey is needed, such as trying on bathing suits in a badly lit dressings room, getting out of bed, and those knees scream, "get off me," or other situations, which call for a sigh, or a remark of some kind

Mike is right, I say "how terrible," my way..succinct, and to the point, and usable, in so many situations My 3 year old grandson says oy, and in the right context too, it makes me giggle

I bet we all have some oy vey moments..my shoe fiasco sure was one
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Old October 5th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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Thank you mam for the reply... I now understand and don't feel like the village idiot .

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Old October 5th, 2006, 03:32 PM
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Ben, your post made me smile. Not laughing at you, just smiling that you'd tried so hard to understand something you were not familiar with, and then admitting defeat! It's taken me a long time to learn "computerese", and I'm still stumped occasionally. But in this case, I guess there's just not a very big Jewish population in Alabama if you've never heard this phrase!
Have you never seen the movie "Yentl"?

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Old October 5th, 2006, 03:44 PM
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Hi Donna:
No I have not seen that movie and the Jewish population of Alabama is about 2%. The overwhelming majority of religious people in this state would be Protestants with the Southern Baptist being the largest denomination.
I have learned something today.

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I learned it in Chat with Trip. I didn't know what it meant, but knew it was something she said when something went wrong. I said it at school one day, and a fellow teacher heard me. She is from New York, and said I was saying it to southern. Isn't there a South Boston?

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