Example sentences for: oy

How can you use “oy” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • As for the notion that Bulworth the politicized B-Boy could send shivers down the spines of the Murdochs and Perelmans of the world.

  • oy not so much a word as an entire vocabulary, as Rosten observes: “can express any emotion, from trivial delight to the blackest woe.”

  • oy vay; oy vay in mir literally, “Oh, pain,” but, in its long or short form, can be used for anything from condolence to lament:

  • The 40 profiles include the obvious choices--Frank Sinatra, Dr. Spock, Roy Rogers--but there are also stories about Otto Bettmann, who began his photo archive with two suitcases of photographs carted out of Nazi Germany; Martha Gellhorn, who covered wars from Spain in the 1930s to Patagonia in the 1980s; and the inventors of the Cuisinart, the La-Z-Boy, and bubble gum.

  • Conversely, who remembers the bass clef lines and spaces (with, respectively, the insipid “ G reat B ig D ogs F ight A nimals” and “ A ll C ars E at G as” )? The treble clef lines are only a bit more memorable (“ E very G ood B oy D oes F ine” or “ E very G rizzly B ear D igs F igs” ); its spaces' notes, at least, crisply spell face . Who knows how many musical aspirations have been dashed against the bass clef, for want of adequate mnemonics?

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