2005-08-19 - 10:15 a.m.
Have you noticed that there are situations that require the word "ouch!" and then there are situations where "ow!" is more appropriate?
When I injure myself in a small but acute way (paper cut, thumb-tack stab) I say "ouch!" and when the injury is bigger but blunter (running into a file cabinet) I say "ow!" There's something about that final "ch" that indicates intensity and closure at the same time. Whereas the more open-ended "ow" leaves room for those waves of pain that radiate from the mishap.
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