How is the act of getting physically hurt expressed in different languages?
Being born and raised in the US, I gre up saying, “Aww!” “OUCH!” or occasionally “Aww, F*CK!”
Since I have a Latino background and spoke Spanish at home, I would hear my parents say “AY AYAY!” pronounced “EYE, YAH, EYE!” or something like that.
Now, living in Japan for some time, the natives here express it as “ITAI!” (EE-TIE) or sometimes “IT-TA!”
I’ve wondered why different countries have varying phrases to a reflex response.
How do you say "OUCH?"