When I first heard 「っていねえし」 or similar phrases used as an expression of surprise when the speaker finds their intended audience is not there any more or doesn't exist to begin with, I thought it was 「でいねえし」, で (それで/そこで) meaning "so" or "well". But it seems to be って.



If it's quotative and the contraction of と, can I understand it as coming from one of these:





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This type of って is a distinct phrase used when a conversation or a plan was unexpectedly interrupted by something urgent. It's like "wait", "um" or "oh".

  • それで昨日ね……って、聞いてる?
    And yesterday... Wait, are you listening?
  • これを買って……って、3万円!? 高っ!
    I'll buy this and...what, 30,000 yen!? So expensive!

None of the dictionaries I checked explains this usage, but I also suppose this derived from the quotative-って used at the beginning of a sentence. Perhaps something like と言いつつ ("while saying this; meanwhile") or と言うか was shortened to って.

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