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As in:

"Welp, I guess I'll do this/that/other."

or

"Welp, back to the drawing board."

What is this about? Why type or say this instead of using the correct word, or am I missing something?




 
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My ex Alabama in laws got "welp marks" as opposed to welts

I don't have an answer to your question


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As in:

"Welp, I guess I'll do this/that/other."

or

"Welp, back to the drawing board."

What is this about? Why type or say this instead of using the correct word, or am I missing something?

They're both interjections, used in this context, but "welp" can be an interjection that borders on being an exclamation expressing an emotion, such as surprise or disappointment.

E.g.: We had some painting done the last few days. Still putting things back together. "Well, done with lunch. Guess I best get back to it." Contrast with...

The day the painter was here. Spotted a weird spot on the ceiling. I got up on the ladder. Poked it. A 5-6" section just crumbled and fell out--along with some of the remnants of a wasp nest. "Welp! That's gonna need fixing!"

(As an aside: With that we discovered why the roofers, three summers back, had such a hard time eradicating the critters when they were working on that corner.)




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It's a made up word used by stupid people. Aggravates the shit out of me.




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I think it's meant to be a combination of "well" and "gulp."




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It's a made up word used by stupid people. Aggravates the shit out of me.


You makes me cry.


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I’ve heard it’s use in the Great Plains states.
 
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ensigmatic - I appreciate your reply, but it doesn't answer why using the wrong word in the wrong context makes any sense. People have been using "Well" as an interjection for many years, and in that context it works, "Welp" does not.

I'm going to go with PHPaul on this one.




 
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Anywho......




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It's a made up word used by stupid people. Aggravates the shit out of me.


Made up word used by smart people. We use it to aggravate and confuse the easily aggravated.


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It's a made up word used by stupid people. Aggravates the shit out of me.


Made up word used by smart people. We use it to aggravate and confuse the easily aggravated.


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So common here in the Midwest I’ve never given it a thought. Is it not used in other parts of the country?

I can’t tell you why I choose one over the other, and I do use them interchangeably. Maybe to convey a bit of resignation about a project that must be done like it or not.


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I'm curious. (As usual.)

Are we annoyed because we see the offending word in print somewhere, or because we hear it in use?

I ask because I have yet to see it like that, though I hear it some.

Frankly, I'd be annoyed seeing the word "welp." But as for hearing it: I figure it has to do with the emotion of the situation. Perhaps the emotion of the moment (frustration, annoyance, aggravation, for instance) brings about an abrupt truncation to the enunciation of the word, leading to the perception of a "p" at the end.

Or maybe I'm just overthinking this. Confused



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I always hear it as, whelp.




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When I hear someone say welp, I know I’m in for story telling time.
 
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So common here in the Midwest I’ve never given it a thought. Is it not used in other parts of the country?

I can’t tell you why I choose one over the other, and I do use them interchangeably. Maybe to convey a bit of resignation about a project that must be done like it or not.


Indeed. In my own infrequent usage I tend to use 'well' when the choice is positive, Welp is used if the expected result is 'fail'.


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You AXE a good question


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I always hear it as, whelp.


Thats why... It is people saying "Well..!" with an uptick in octave at the end, as in sighing and saying it at same time.

To others, hearing it sounds like whelp.

Aggravating as hell to see it typed in that context, and idiots actually saying it.
 
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Originally posted by vthoky:
I'm curious. (As usual.)

Are we annoyed because we see the offending word in print somewhere, or because we hear it in use?

I ask because I have yet to see it like that, though I hear it some.

Frankly, I'd be annoyed seeing the word "welp." But as for hearing it: I figure it has to do with the emotion of the situation. Perhaps the emotion of the moment (frustration, annoyance, aggravation, for instance) brings about an abrupt truncation to the enunciation of the word, leading to the perception of a "p" at the end.

Or maybe I'm just overthinking this. Confused


Both spoken and written. Neither makes sense and both sound dumb to me.




 
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Living in North Dallas county, I've never heard the word. It must be regional?


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