I’m really stressed out. I go into the bathroom to have a little cry, as is a lady’s prerogative. I need a monosyllabic word to expel in my mind. Fill in the blank: “oh, ___.”
There are lots of monosyllabic words that might be expelled from my mouth if I were angry, frustrated, annoyed, or furious. But there is only one one-size-fits-all monosyllable that fits into the mouth of my consciousness when, as today, I am bone-tired and overextended and exhausted. When I am so tired that the tiredness itself squeezes out tears, there is only one syllable that is so ubiquitous that even a near-comatose mind would produce it. I don’t know if that will ever change. I don’t know if any other syllable can match that cultural staying power.
I don’t like atheist euphemisms generally. But I do need a monosyllabic word that will allow me to get through a little self-pitying cry without stopping to think about my philosophical beliefs as I question my choice of imagined syllable. Ideally, it would have three letters, and begin with a consonant in the back of the mouth and end with a consonant at the front of the mouth for maximum exclamatory efficiency.
___. I am shaking my head at myself right now.