One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as an expression of anguish, horror, rage, or other strong emotion, often with humorous intent.‘now they're talking about putting up taxes—aargh!’
- ‘I mean, it's like I send it thinking I've done it perfectly, and then aargh!’
- ‘Maybe if I had persevered just a little longer, I would have been a fan right from the beginning - aargh.’
- ‘Our loss: £200,000 and counting. Aargh!’
- ‘I hope it is, because otherwise, aargh, where to start?’
- ‘Just when I'm ready to put the pedal to the metal, I get stuck behind a soccer mom's minivan - aargh.’
- ‘It is over 900 pages long and the first volume of a trilogy (double aargh!) of which each volume is similarly long (triple aargh)!’
- ‘There is an important difference in status between fan fiction and canon, but I can't quite figure it out… aargh.’
- ‘It was your evil negligence that led to this avoidable tragedy, and… aargh, you can write the rest as well as I can.’
- ‘‘Aargh!’ She screamed suddenly and pounded her desk with her fists.’
- ‘MY favourite words include yikes, splat, glub, eek and aargh!’
Late 18th century: lengthened form of ah, expressing a prolonged cry.
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