Making Whoopee

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Mar 20 13:13:32 UTC 2002

The OED, in its entry for "whoopee," includes "to make whoopee."  The
meaning "to behave amorously" is treated as a less-frequent sense of the
latter.  I had always thought "to behave amorously" was the most common
meaning of "to make whoopee"; am I wrong on this?

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Public Services     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  and Lecturer in Legal Research            Yale University Press,
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