In One Hour Photo there is a conversation between Yoshi Araki and Seymour(Sy) that goes like this:

Seymour: I won't be coming back, Yoshi. Bill let me go.

Yoshi: You were fired?

Sy: Yep

Yoshi: Really?

Sy: Really.

Yoshi: Wow

Actually Yoshi is not an enemy to his, then why does he say wow for firing Sy?

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    It's an indication of surprise...not happiness.
    – Paulie_D
    Dec 23, 2016 at 12:08

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The word "wow" generally only indicates that the speaker is surprised by something, it doesn't imply anything good or bad about how the speaker feels. Upon hearing good news, you could say "Wow! That's great!" and upon hearing bad news you could say "Wow! That's terrible!" In either case, the "wow" is just for shock value, and what follows describes how you actually feel about the news.

In the specific case of this quote, Yoshi is simply expressing surprise that Seymour has just been fired. Saying "wow" in this case doesn't mean that he's happy Seymour got fired, it just means he couldn't think of anything more relevant to say.

  • I agree. Yoshi was stunned. He couldn't find the words to describe his feelings of injustice and betrayal and surprise, so he just said "Wow!" Dec 23, 2016 at 18:07

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