What Does “Oy Vey” Mean?
Oy and vey are two very old Jewish interjections which both mean “woe.”Oy is found many times in the Bible (see Numbers 21:29, I Samuel 4:7and Isaiah 3:11 for a few examples).Vey is newer than oy; it is oy’s Aramaic equivalent.
Today, oy and vey are often used together. “Oy vey” is the ethnically Jewish way to react when you find out how much your son’s root canal will cost, or when you find out that there is a two-hour wait time for a table at the restaurant where you just
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