Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 02:56:31 -0500

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: "Oh!" & "Ah!"

This is from the World (NY), "AN EVENING AT THE CIRCUS," 10 April 1886,

pg. 3, col. 1:

(...) There are eighteen giants and thirteen fat women. One hundred

and thirty-five feet of human length and 4,550 pounds of human fat. A more

unique, in some respects a more unpleasant revelation, it would be difficult

to find, and yet the groups are surrounded from early morning until the final

procession in the evening by thousands of wonderers and "Oh-ers" and

"Ah-ers." (...)

Why Oh & Ah? Why not Ah & Oh?

What is it in foreign cultures? Is it Oh & Ah in Japan?

I found this in my files; I don't know if it's an antedate because I

can't find the phrase recorded anywhere!