Use your Interjections!

If you’re an American Gen X-er who’d been a zealous viewer of Saturday morning cartoons, most likely when you hear the word “Interjection” you will spontaneously break into song: “When Reginald was home with the flu, uh-huh-huh, The doctor knew just what to do-hoo…” (and experience a powerful hankering for Ovaltine. What’s up with that???).

Back in the day (the phrase my kids use when referring to that fuzzy period of my life Pre-Them), “Interjections” were an earworm that haunted me day and night. Who would’ve thunk they were actually useful in writing? Interjections convey strong emotion in cute, little, power-packed morsels. Ooh, pff, gah, bah, argh, hmphmwahaha — awwwww, huh?

So be fashionably pithy. Use your Interjections! (Yes, I also picture a wagging finger here.)

And, Gen Z-ers, if you hear your mother make a phlegmy noise that sorta sounds like “ahem,” it’s time to look up from whatever electronic device you’re using and pay attention. It’ll just get ugly from that point on.

Below are two great lists of Interjections. Tuck them away. They will come in handy.

100 Mostly Small But Expressive Interjections

Dictionary of Interjections

For those who must satisfy “The Earworm” I’ve awakened or who are looking for a new non-Taylor Swift ditty that will endlessly loop through your head >>> School House Rock! Interjections (Warning: No Auto-tune)

Elise Stokes, author of the Cassidy Jones Adventures series

Elise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise’s understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence. The stories in Cassidy Jones Adventures are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds. Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift, Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant, and Cassidy Jones and the Luminous are the first four books in the series.

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10 thoughts on “Use your Interjections!

    1. Thanks, Lisa, and they do— as I’m reminded of as I dig into finishing #5 of Cassidy Jones. Both lists I’ve shared have been used. Hope all is well with you. Happy writing! 🙂

  1. Ahem,
    Aye, aye.
    Er, er, er….Great reminder! Zowie!
    Hmmmm. Thanks for the lists. Hurrah and olé! They will come in handy, I’m sure.
    Wow! Yow!
    😀

    1. Thanks, Kathy, and that they do. In fact, I just used “Pfft” (the noise made when blowing through loose lips to show lack of interest in what someone is saying) minutes ago in a dialogue exchange between Cassidy and Emery. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Cynthia, and good instincts. I just checked with three very opinionated young women (their mother must be a real trip? 😉 ). All three said definitely don’t use. You could get away with it in children’s lit, but not middle grade.

    1. Hahaha, Lia. I’ve been tormented for (…I’m calculating…) forty years, thereabouts! It’s like a hypnotic trigger. Someone says “Interjection” and there’s the freakin’ song! 🙂

  2. LOL! Loved School House Rock! My favorite was Conjunction Junction What’s your Function! That’s for the great post, and best wishes with #5 of Cassidy Jones! You’re quite prolific! Cheers!

    1. Thanks, Sharon! And me, too. In fact I incorporated the videos into my homeschool units. My kids will also forever be haunted by “Interjections!” and “Conjunction Junction” …what’s your function? Hooking up phrases and clauses… 🙂

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