expressing shock and alarm, often for humorous effect.“I had a dip in the 40-degree pool (yikes!)”
1970s: of unknown origin; compare with yoicks.
a term used to show shock or extreme surprise.
Yikes! That sure scared me!
something you shout when you overhear something drastic
girlfriend: honey do you know when’s my birthday? boyfriend: i forgot random guy: yikes!
¡Ay, caramba! (pronounced: [ˈai kaˈɾamba]), from the Spanish interjections ay (denoting surprise or pain) and caramba (a euphemism for carajo), is an exclamation used in Spanish to denote surprise (usually positive). We’re using the Spanish upside down exclamation point for the “i”.
A nice example of a raindrop, water spot effect.