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The Meaning of “Doh!”

Posted by Bill on December 29, 2007

doh.jpg  I’ve used the term “Doh!” in several posts in the past.  See PI Arrested, UVA Students Kidnapping and National Background Check

Some readers may not get the connection of my using the term with specific stories.  The term “Doh!” means:

Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish.  Also (usu. mildly derogatory): implying that another person has said or done something foolish. Oxford English Dictionary,  See definition.

According to OED, Doh! was popularized by the American actor Dan Castellaneta who provides the voice for the character Homer Simpson in the U.S. cartoon series The Simpsons.  Castellaneta said:  “The D’oh came from character actor James Finlayson’s “Do-o-o-o” in Laurel & Hardy pictures.  You can tell it was intended as a euphemism for “Damn.”

So, “Doh!” is especially usefully when referring to something akin to “How could I be so stupid?”

If you want to hear the correct pronunciation and inflection of “Doh!” Listen to 32 Dohs!

See you later,

 Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA


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