rebel yell and yeehaw

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 21 14:57:44 UTC 2012

Thanks, James, for mentioning the my excruciatingly learned posts on
this matter.

Update: nothing new to report, though I've kept the topic in mind.


On Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 12:41 AM, James Harbeck <jharbeck at> wrote:
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> I got the following comment today on my blog post on "yeehaw"
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> Wrong. The reason "Yeehaw" exists in association to the West is
> because so many Southerners ended up there after the Civil War
> because their homeland had been sacked and burned and was under
> Federal (Yankee) occupation - home itself was not friendly territory.
> They probably did yell it on cattle drives; whether early Hollywood
> actors and writers from New York, Chicago and maybe Alberta were
> familiar with it is irrelevant.
> "Yeehah!" is the Southernism that was identified as the "Rebel Yell"
> which was in use since before the Civil War and was heard during the
> Civil War... usually delivered at the top of one's lungs. Just
> because you haven't observed its history doesn't mean that such
> history doesn't exist. I grew up in rural South Carolina and this
> goes back a long, long way, for generations.
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> Needless to say, I think he is a little oversure of his version,
> although it is in its way an interesting contribution to the
> question. I would be glad of comment (by email or at
> by any with
> pertinent knowledge -- someone a little "closer" to it might speak
> more authoritatively than I could.
> Thanks,
> James Harbeck.
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