One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ironic or humorous exclamation of sorrow or distress.‘he thinks he can go to his constituents and say ‘Woe is me! I only earn £30,000 a year.’’
- ‘Anyway, my heart yearned to be with you once again, and my soul was in never ending pain. ‘Oh woe is me!’’
- ‘‘Alas, it was the right hand of the Government that imposed confiscation upon me, and now its left hand has stolen my seashores - woe is me!’’
- ‘If there were compelling characters or breathtaking lines or an interesting plot, we might not have noticed or cared that the three central characters are essentially just moaning, ‘oh, woe is me!’’
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