When you hear someone say “Uh-oh,” you look around to see what went wrong. Because “Uh-oh” is a kind of admission of guilt, that the speaker did something wrong and everyone else is about to find out about it.
Generally right after you say “uh-oh,” you look like this:
Depending on how serious the infraction is, how likely it is to cause anger or get you a lecture, you may look like this:
There are other words or phrases that can be used to express the same general situation, such as:
Oh my gosh
or the ever popular, Crap.
So what does this have to do with me today?
Oops, I’ve mislaid my notebook and I really need it. Where could it be?
Oh my gosh, I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find it. Did someone break in and steal it?
Geez, after a wasted half hour, here it is right next to my computer, where I’d have to be blind to not see it.
Crap, my brain is on vacation and went without leaving a forwarding address!