What exclamation words or phrases would you say to a man who had just done a good job (or maybe ironically)? I am interested both in formal and colloquial ways.

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There are all kinds of things you could say. Starting with a simple


, or stronger

"Sehr gut"

or, more colloquial:


Closer to your "attaboy" should be

"Guter Mann!"
"Gut/ Klasse/ Prima/ Exzellent/ Hervorragend/ Großartig/ ... gemacht!"
"Gute / Klasse/ Prima / ... Arbeit!"

Writing this i must admit i am a bit surprised how many different ways of stating that someone did something in a commendable manner we have... :-)

  • Good answer, but could you please add a little more structure and formatting? Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 22:02
  • @dervonnebenaan If you have suggestions how to format that better, feel free to edit my answer!
    – Burki
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 6:56

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