The word "ouch" is an interjection used when a person experiences pain. An interjection is a one-word exclamation of emotion, so it functions differently from the other seven parts of speech, usually punctuated with an exclamation point.
The word "ouch" can be changed to another part of speech, but then it’s not a word that is accepted as a real word. In this case, children or the parents of small children might be heard saying the following:
Similar to the word "ouch" is the word "ow."
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This page was published on April 19, 2017.