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Why do we say "ouch" or "owe" when hurt?

Have you ever pondered the origins of the word "ouch" or sounds "ouuu"/"owe"?
Why do we say it?

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hendrickson

Asked by hendrickson at 5:32 PM on Feb. 21, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • i think its a natural reaction
    georgiagirlof3

    Answer by georgiagirlof3 at 5:34 PM on Feb. 21, 2011

  • I have no idea the origins, but we say it because from the day we are born our parents say "ouch" or "owe" or "ouchy" anytime we get hurt. So a few months later when we start talking, and something hurt, we associate these words with it. And it continues into adulthood, and then is passed on to the next generation.
    ba13ygrl1987

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 5:35 PM on Feb. 21, 2011

  • I wonder random things like this ALL the time! :) I have NO idea.
    Blakesmommy0907

    Answer by Blakesmommy0907 at 5:40 PM on Feb. 21, 2011

  • i wonder why different cultures express pain differently. americans say ouch while filipinos say "aray" (pronounced ah-ry!) soooo different
    rAbella

    Answer by rAbella at 5:45 PM on Feb. 21, 2011

  • Cheese.
    WARNING

    Answer by WARNING at 1:51 AM on Feb. 22, 2011

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