Aiyo makes it to Oxford Dictionary. Is it a Tamil or Malayalam phrase?

Quora, a question-and-answer website has posts by users claiming Aiyo to be a Tamil and Malayalam phrase.

Aiyo, the phrase most commonly used in South India is the latest entrant in the Oxford Dictionary.

However, is it a Tamil or Malayalam expression?

Quora, a popular question-and-answer site has posts by some users furnishing evidence to support their claims of being exclusively used in their mother tongue.

Aiyo’s foray into the prestigious dictionary might trigger a fresh debate between the two communities.

“Aiyo is an exclamatory term used in spoken Tamil quite frequently. It is used when something terrible happens to someone; it is also used when someone feels sorry for something happened,” a Quora user replied.

However, a separate question on the meaning of Aiyo had a user explaining what did the ‘Malayalam’ word actually mean.

“The word Ayyo is a quintessential Malayalam word which can mean a plethora of emotions, all the way from surprise to regret to exclamation, you name it,” Aishwarya Nair, a user posted.

Quora user on Malayalam

Confusing, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, the Oxford Dictionary also mentions that the phrase is used in Sri Lanka as well.

So, one expression has several claimants.