Word of the Day (la parola del giorno)

Word of the Day: Boh!

The author demonstrates the proper facial expression associated with this term

For a word that is not actually ‘real,’ boh sure does get a lot of play in everyday speak.
Meaning, ‘I don’t know,’ ‘no idea,’ boh is uttered by all, in a kind of shoulder-shrug, compulsory way. Kind of like, ‘I wouldn’t know’ or ‘I can’t say…’

Not really finding an etymology of the word, I can only assume it’s onomatopoeic (yay for onomatopoeia!)

Examples:
Qual’è l’indirizzo della festa?
Boh.
(“What is the address of the party?” – Boh.)

Pensi che lui abbia una fidanzata?
Boh.
(“Do you think he has a girlfriend?” – Boh.)

Aò bella! Dov’è la mia macchina?
Boh.
(“Dude, where’s my car?” – Boh.)

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