Neil Turner's Blog

Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

Apologies for my ‘Ugh’ing

You may have noticed I occasionally end sentences with ‘Ugh.’ when I’m particularly frustrated (for example ‘Tomorrow I have to be awake for 9am for a lecture. Ugh.’ ). I’ve now learnt that ‘Ugh’ is a racist term, used against native American Indians, and so as a result I have modified any past references on this weblog to ‘Eugh.’, in the hope that people will realise that this is an expression and not a racist taunt.
I apologise to anyone who has been offended by my use of this word.


  1. haha, really? Who considers it to be racist? I think it is an onomonopia which is used rather commonly as an expression of frustration, and I wouldn’t stop using it if I were you. On the other hand, “Eugh” is cool looking and more original.

  2. Well, as I said, it is used against American Indians, as an American friend of mine informed me. I’ll use ‘Eugh’ to be on the safe side.

  3. I don’t see ‘Ugh’ listed as such in a 2-minute search on the web (, google glossary).
    By the way, you missed a couple of ‘Ugh’s on your entry, you may want to fix them. 🙂

  4. Don’t go beating yourself up over it, surely it would only be derogatory if it were directed in anger at a Native American. My name in China means something strange and weird but I’m not going to stop using it.

  5. I think this is a bit over the top when trying to be PC. I was told last week that brainstorms are now called mindmaps to avoid upsetting those with epilepsy. Where does it end?