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a couple of ideas here
Nice link ! but it kind of goes off course...
The very first question there is almost exactly as I originally asked... where did using 'boy' as an emphasis at the beginning of a sentence come from. However, as the responses went on they kind of focused on the way one gains someone else's attention with a neutral or sometimes insulting addressing of who they may be talking to... example:
Dude, check this out...
Man, I'm good...
Girl, your crazy...
Muther F****r!!! go **** and die... (very inapropriate but I couldn't resist.)
Maby the use of "boy" to emphasize the beginning of a sentence comes from the British (Welsh, Cork, Irish?) "boyo". Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary offers this...
Main Entry: boyo
Inflected Form(s): plural boy
Whatever you do to find the answer
don't Google "boy oh boy"
Check out the urban dictionary link I posted on my reply to Jonah... but only if your not easily offended by a bunch of UK slang explanations for the word.
That's funny but still doesn't explain
using it to start a sentence.
It sounds like an exclamation. I can remember my folks using boy-o-boy - which doesn't help in the dictionary.
By "98 and counting"..........
we're you refering to yourself or you're Grandma?
I ran out of fingers at 11
What?! You've got [11 fingers]?! ;)
A kid I knew in jr. high school had been born with 11 sets of finger bones but remarkably had only 10 actual fingers. He had a nasty scar running up the side of his hand where they had gone in and taken out the extra set of bones.
To be honest, I'm lucky to have the 10 fingers I was born with considering some of the occupations I have had.
Boy, that's a good question!
You asked about "boy" to bring
emphasis to the beginning of a sentence.
Glad you didn't ask about "Hey Boy" or "Boy, bring me that rope." and its origin. I'd probably or might answer Tarzan must have originated it.