It's a great disappointment to me that the spelling of the familiar expression "uh-oh" is such a failure at conveying the sound of that expression. The "uh" doesn't convey the catch in the throat that should be present - at least as I have always heard it. Of course, there are many words that are not pronounced as they are spelt, and we must quietly accept this, but given that there is a certain freedom of choice in spelling mere sounds, isn' there some better spelling that "uh-oh"?
I wonder if non-U.S.-English speakers must learn the U.S.meaning of "uh-oh" or is "uh-oh" some sort of universally understood expression in many cultures?
If not, what are some foreign equivalents?
I've seen the expression "Oh-oh" in fiction. Is that supposed to be the same sound as "uh-oh".