One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in Chinese contexts: used to express distress, pain, surprise, etc.
1930s; earliest use found in Singapore Free Press. From Chinese (Mandarin) āiyō, aiyo, of imitative origin.
(chiefly among Chinese speakers) used to express annoyance, pain, or surprise.‘how many times do they wanna ask, aiyoh!’
From Chinese ( Mandarin dialect): imitative.
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