This post is part of the 2012 A-Z challenge, created by the intrepid Arlee Bird at: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/
I just love the expression "Oy Vay!" It's Yiddish and it really can't be translated literally, but it means oh my goodness, oh my, uh oh, and several other feelings all rolled into one. I didn't grow up in a religious family and my parents didn't speak Yiddish, but the neighborhood I grew up in did have many Jewish families where the language was spoken, so I learned a few things. I have gratitude for Oy Vay because when English words fail me in response to certain things, Oy Vay does it. I think it may even have crossed over to use by those who are not of Jewish heritage. Has it?