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Oh, boy!

Sometimes you get backed into a corner.

Sometimes you are the reason for being in the corner.

Other times it’s an unforeseen consequence of being shortsighted.

In other words, you were being stupid.

When you find yourself up the creek without a proverbial paddle, or said creek is full of excrement (you figure that one out), the only thing for us to say is, “Oh, boy.”

Sometimes you get lucky.

Extra time on the swings at recess.

A trip to the water park.

An extra $100 dollars surfaces in the bank account.

Or, you turn around after leaving your street, to find actually didn’t forget to unplug the iron. All this excitement deserves an exclamation. An “Oh, boy!” seems more than fitting.

Other times people are left shaking their heads at you thanks to some newfound level of dumb-ass-ery you’ve not only recently discovered but have fully committed yourself to. Yes, a brand new level of stupidity so nonsensically profound those around you are left thinking, “Oh, boy.”

We never really know what’s coming next, do we.

Because of that it seems helpful to have a catch all phrase such as “Oh, boy,” tucked into to our pocket for those occasions when words undoubtedly fail us.

Part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge

Updated: April 18, 2017 — 2:47 pm

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  1. I say Oh Boy when I see another post from you in my inbox 🙂

    1. I’m going to assume that is a ‘good’ Oh boy rather than a ‘bad’ Oh boy.

  2. My phrase is typically “Oh barnacles!” but close enough 😉 Sad thing is, my kids don’t even watch Spongebob…

    1. They’re probably better off. Spongebob is the cartoon equivalent of crack cocaine. You know it’s bad for you, you know you should stay away, but one taste…

      As a side note: we were discussing identity in one of my classes and a student used characters from Spongebob as illustrations of the layers and levels of Self-Concept we discussed. When she finished her explanation, I stood speechless and remarked that I did not know what surprised me more — the fact that she used Spongebob as a literary reference or that it actually worked.

  3. Thank you for sharing this post! LOVE your perspective! Yes, many times I engage in ‘dumb-ass-ery.’ 🙂 Methinks it’s a part of my makeup. Great light piece to shake off the doldrums.

    1. Oh, dumb-ass-ery is certainly part of your make up. Bright spot: you’re not alone.

  4. Oh Boy! Love this, will have to use this phrase more often. 😉

    1. Thanks for trying out the phrase. It works doesn’t it?

  5. Oh, boy, so much truth here. Great observations!

    1. I see what you did just there. Well done.

  6. ‘Oh boy’ is a much sweeter version of my go to phrase. But I would like to be pleasantly surprised more often!

    1. I agree. Far better than my usual NC-17 repartee. My daughter used to have a t-shirt with a Parental Advisory logo on it — now I think I can avoid that stigma with a well placed “Oh, boy!”

  7. “Other times people are left shaking their heads at you thanks to some newfound level of dumb-ass-ery you’ve not only recently discovered but have fully committed yourself to. Yes, a brand new level of stupidity so nonsensically profound those around you are left thinking, “Oh, boy.” ”
    #mylife You have so eloquently put my exact feelings of my week into words.

    1. Well Katy consider yourself fortunate that you just having ‘one of those weeks’. I’m heading straight into ‘one of those years’. 🙂

  8. I never realised how multi-purpose ‘oh boy’ is. I may start using it. For everything.

    1. I’m so impressionable and influenced by media that I’ve got myself saying “Oh, boy” after reading my own post.

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