oy vey

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Related to Oi vey: Yiddish, Oy gevalt

oy vey

(oi′ vā′)
interj.
Used to express irritation, dismay, sorrow, or self-pity.

[Yiddish : oy, interjection expressing irritation or sorrow + vey, woe (from Middle High German , from Old High German wah, wē; akin to Old English waā, woe!)]
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Carlson described with the mnemonic OI VEY to convey key features.
There is a great cast of supporting characters such as Danny's granny, Lydia, who does head standing yoga and belly dancing, and Miss Balalaika from Petersburg who lives upstairs with her Arthur (arthritis), eats Chum dog food, and looks out for Danny with her cries of 'Oi Vey.' The narrative rattles along, diving into Inigus' past as a mud lark and turd collector for a tannery in Victorian England.
You won't be the only one crying 'Oi vey' at home, despairing how slowly 100 joyless minutes can pass.
You won't be the only one crying "Oi vey" at home, despairing how slowly 100 joyless minutes can pass.
Scott McAndless, minister of Knox Church, Leamington, Ont., was asked by the Assembly Council's nominating committee two and a half years ago to serve as convener of the Long-Range Planning Committee, he must have thought, "Oi vey, do they have a wrong number!" He explained to the recruiter he was extremely cynical about long-range planning--especially on the national or denominational level.
* Litigation (oi vey!)--In the old days, it was the exception, not the rule.