Query on "yowza"

Jane Clark ucwords at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 1 02:03:40 UTC 1999

Take a look at the movie "A River Runs Through It." The band leader in the
20s, I believe, used it just before Jesse ran off to the fireworks.

>From: Judi Sanders <jasanders at CSUPOMONA.EDU>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Query on "yowza"
>Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 17:23:08 -0800
>Hi all,
>Do any of you have thoughts on the following query.  I have a vague
>recollection of it from tv but that's about it.
>--------------------Forwarded message--------------------------------
>Could you tell me the origin of "yowza" (or "yowza-yowza") as uttered
>one is surprised?  We're wondering whether it's a post-60's word or
>invented around that time.  Thanks in advance!
>                         Sincerely,
>                                 Yukiko Mori
>Yukiko Mori
>Department of Comparative Literature, Religion, and Film/Media Studies
>Arts 347, University of Alberta
>Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E6
>Tel: (780) 439-3585
>E-mail: ymori at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca
>------------------End Forwarded message--------------------
>Judi Sanders
>Dr. Judi Sanders
>Professor, Communication
>Cal. State Polytechnic U., Pomona
>The Web:  http://www.intranet.csupomona.edu/~jasanders
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