A study of the Cockney dialect in the 1950s found that whether it was being used to call attention or as a challenge depended on its tone and abruptness.
Originating in the late 1970s, the genre and its associated subculture had the goal of bringing together punks, skinheads and other working-class youths.
The term also evolved to be used in Multicultural London English; a 2002 UK Top 10 hit by the grime music group More Fire Crew was titled "Oi!". ==See also== Oggy Oggy Oggy *Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi Oy vey, a similar-sounding Yiddish exclamation for dismay ==References== British slang Irish slang Australian slang New Zealand slang Interjections English language in London English words
The study's author noted that the expression is "jaunty and self-assertive" as well as "intensely cockney". A poll of non-English speakers by the British Council in 2004 found that "oi" was considered the 61st most beautiful word in the English language.
A spokesman commented that "Oi is not a word that I would've thought turned up in English manuals all that often." "Oi" was added to the list of acceptable words in US Scrabble in 2006. ==In other languages== According to Friedrich Nietzsche, in Greek, "oi" was an expression of pain, and someone who was in pain or miserable was said to be "oizuros".
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