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Old 11-14-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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Nashville is basically an area for relocated Yankees and Chicagoans these days.
I lived there about 4ish years ago I’d say. Near Franklin, TN to be more specific
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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We use it Oklahoma. It's basically 'Oops' without the 's'

Oop, not Ope.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:41 AM
 
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Hear it here in Texas as well.
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I think it is just a clipped vowel at the end of the word "Oh".

Basically, people just shut their mouth early thus quantitatively shortening the terminal vowel sound and creating a voiceless bilabial stop ('p' sound)

Compare:

No --> Nope

Oh --> Ohpe (Ope)
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:35 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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I think it is just a clipped vowel at the end of the word "Oh".

Basically, people just shut their mouth early thus quantitatively shortening the terminal vowel sound and creating a voiceless bilabial stop ('p' sound)

Compare:

No --> Nope

Oh --> Ohpe (Ope)
Your theory makes sense, but I don’t think that is the case.

I think it’s literally people saying the word “Ope” instead of oops, oh, or whatever else they might say. To say “Ope” compared to oops, oh, has to be intentional, as they have different sounds. It might be a reaction more than anything, but still
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:41 PM
 
Location: The Springs
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Colorado I don't hear it. Believe it or not, I hear "f**k" more than anything lately.
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:05 AM
 
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I* use it but it might not be 'ope' exactly. Just a noise I make that's somewhere between ope and oat.

*Born and raised in Iowa/Illinois
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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I have lived most of my life in the West and have never heard it. I didn't know this word exists.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:12 PM
 
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I have lived most of my life in the West and have never heard it. I didn't know this word exists.
I haven’t heard it during the 2 years I’ve been on the West’s Coast, but when I visit home, I hear it frequently
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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Weird. I say it a lot and I’ve lived in SoCal my whole life. Never heard anyone else say it so I’m not sure where I picked it up. It’s kind of like a mix between “oh” and “oops”.
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