Heavens to Betsy! and Other Interjections
Egads! You don't remember what an interjection is? It's a word or phrase that expresses surprise or some other emotion or is used as filler. An interjection often stands alone (
When you're expressing a strong emotion or surprise (as in
A note of caution about interjections: use them in moderation, if at all. In dialogue, interjections are used far more often than in more formal writing, where they're hardly ever used.
Interjections that are considered too off-color for readers are often denoted by using various symbols, in no particular order.