Old English/Interjections< Old English
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Interjections are words used to express an emotion. The most common Old English interjections were:
- Ēa - oh
- Ēalā - lo, oh (also said when seeing someone - like an acknowledgement)
- Hƿæt - what!
- Lā （frequently used in combination with other words or interjections - see "ēalā" above) - lo
- Ƿā - ƿoe!, misery!
- Ƿel, ƿel - well, well
Oh particular interest is the interjection "lā", which could be used in the middle of a sentence to emphasize almost anything being said, including statements, questions, requests, and commands. For example:
- Cum lā! - Come on!
- Ġief mē þā bōc lā - Please give me the book
- Saga lā þætte þū þenċest - Do say what you're thinking
- Hƿæt lā is þæt? - Whatever is that?
- He is lā ƿel grēat - He is indeed tall
They didn't really have exact equivalents for short words for "please" and "sorry" in Old English, but "lā" could at a pinch be used in a request for "please" (see above). Also, one could use the interjection "ƿālā" or "ƿālāƿā" to express sorrow or regret - approximately equivalent of "sorry".