oy vey and uff da

My favorite comment thread I’ve seen this morning is on a Gizmodo article about the Morbius movie’s end-credits scenes. (The article was published last week.)

One commenter wrote:

oi vey

Another commenter replied:


And a third commenter added:


I have long thought that oy vey (from Yiddish) and uff da (from Norwegian) were kind of equivalents, from two of my ancestral cultures. I always vaguely meant to write a more detailed post about that at some point, but instead I’ll just express my amusement at the juxtaposition in that comments thread.

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