Speechcon Reference (Interjections): English (US)

Speechcons are special words and phrases that Alexa pronounces more expressively. You can include these exclamations in your skill’s text-to-speech using SSML.

Including a Speechcon in the Text-to-Speech Response

To include a speechcon in your skill’s text-to-speech response, use the <say-as interpret-as="interjection"> SSML tag:

<speak>
    Here is an example of a speechcon. 
    <say-as interpret-as="interjection">abracadabra!</say-as>
</speak>

Be sure include a pause between speechcons. You can use punctuation (such as a period or comma) or other SSML tags (for instance, <break> or <s>) for pauses.

Supported English (US) Speechcons

This document lists all the currently supported speechcons for English (US). For more about the <say-as> SSML tag, see say-as.

Speechcon Name Sample
abracadabra
achoo
aha
ahem
ahoy
all righty
aloha
aooga
argh
arrivederci
as you wish
au revoir
aw man
baa
bada bing bada boom
bah humbug
bam
bang
batter up
bazinga
beep beep
bingo
blah
blarg
blast
boing
bon appetit
bonjour
bon voyage
boo
boo hoo
boom
booya
bravo
bummer
caw
cha ching
checkmate
cheerio
cheers
cheer up
chirp
choo choo
clank
click clack
cock a doodle doo
coo
cowabunga
darn
ding dong
ditto
d’oh
dot dot dot
duh
dum
dun dun dun
dynomite
eek
eep
encore
en gard
eureka
fancy that
geronimo
giddy up
good grief
good luck
good riddance
gotcha
great scott
heads up
hear hear
hip hip hooray
hiss
honk
howdy
hurrah
hurray
huzzah
jeepers creepers
jiminy cricket
jinx
just kidding
kaboom
kablam
kaching
kapow
katchow
kazaam
kerbam
kerboom
kerching
kerchoo
kerflop
kerplop
kerplunk
kerpow
kersplat
kerthump
knock knock
le sigh
look out
mamma mia
man overboard
mazel tov
meow
merci
moo
nanu nanu
neener neener
no way
now now
oh boy
oh brother
oh dear
oh my
oh snap
oink
okey dokey
oof
ooh la la
open sesame
ouch
oy
phew
phooey
ping
plop
poof
pop
pow
quack
read ‘em and weep
ribbit
righto
roger
ruh roh
shucks
splash
spoiler alert
squee
swish
swoosh
ta da
ta ta
tee hee
there there
thump
tick tick tick
tick-tock
touche
tsk tsk
tweet
uh huh
uh oh
voila
vroom
wahoo
wah wah
watch out
way to go
well done
well well
wham
whammo
whee
whew
woof
whoops a daisy
whoosh
woo hoo
wow
wowza
wowzer
yadda yadda yadda
yay
yikes
yippee
yoink
yoo hoo
you bet
yowza
yowzer
yuck
yum
zap
zing
zoinks

Other SSML Reference Materials

All SSML tags:

Speechcons (interjections):