Muchisimas gracias to commenter Andrei for reminding me of one of the funniest “slang” words in Romanian.
The word is ioi, pronounced “yoy” as if it rhymed exactly with “toy”.
This word apparently doesn’t exist in the DEX but I’ve seen Romanians debate its origin and exact meaning.
Nonetheless, it is almost identical to another Romanian word, vai (vye) which has the best definition in the history of all dictionary definitions:
VAI interj. A word which vocalizes (intense) feelings of: a) pain, suffering, deprivation, despair b) compassion, mercy, regret, trouble, oddity c) happiness, pleasure, admiration, enthusiasm d) impatience; e) surprise.
Yes! Essentially it’s a handy word ;)
Well I think ioi is probably more akin to an interjection of either surprise or a feeling of incredulity, especially related to “oddity”. In other words, when something surprises you by being weird or unexpected, the first word of your response is going to be ioi.
IOI SI ACUM STITI CE INSEAMNA IOI!