The word WELP? (Yes, with a P) Is that a regional variation of WELL?
I've been reading some books by Kristen Ashley, and she uses WELP in place of WELL quite often. Like "Welp, got to go now." The first few times I saw it, I thought it was a spelling error, but it reappears in many of her books. Is that commonly used? Thank you for your response.
- 6 months agoFavorite Answer
It’s not regional so much as generational — the different spelling came from people on social media trying to represent a certain inflection of “well” that is used to signal discomfort, or to say the results are exactly as expected (usually negative).
Me: “Did you invite your sister to the party?”
You: “Yeah, but you know she’ll make up some crazy excuse not to come...”
[your phone buzzes to announce incoming text; you read it..]
“Welp — apparently, she’s been trampled by a herd of emus.”
- SumDudeLv 76 months ago
yes, regional variation. (southern slang??) maybe a "push together" of "Well, yup (or yep), I gotta go now."
- Anonymous6 months ago
Adding a P sound at the end of a word makes it more emphatic, as in yep and nope.
- busterwasmycatLv 76 months ago
sort of. some people do say something about like welp. I think it is more a youth term than a regional one. I definitely SEE welp a lot more than I used to, on many internet forums.
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- CaraLv 76 months ago
That would be a way of showing the way "well" is said in this context - said quickly, closing the mouth immediately, not actually sounding the "p". Try it!
- Emily JLv 76 months ago
It is sometimes, usually a redneck or lower class way of saying well.