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uh-huh

/a ha/ [Car.; "The African origin (of uh-huh yes, and uh-uh no) is confirmed by their much wider use in American than in British English, and in South African Dutch (Afrikaans) than in Netherlands Dutch" (Dalby 1972:185); cf. Twi εhëë DJE, Yoruba únhún  DYL, Mende uhu (Willeford 1968:97), but also Scots uhu CSD, all 'yes', cf. Holm 1978:233] intj. yes: 1966 He say "Uh-huh", he say (Crowley 113). Yes, dem two going-I aks him and he say uh-huh (Nassau). (Gen.)

Tags: interjection

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Last update: 2010-11-10 05:19
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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