rebel yell and yeehaw

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jan 23 21:12:21 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM, Jonathan Lighter  wrote:
> An interesting point about "Yeehaw/hah!" is that the stylized scream
> it represents has largely displaced, in current use, earlier stylized
> expressions of enthusiasm like "Wahoo!" "Yahoo!" and, of course,
> "Whoopee!"

Good thing there's an alternative available that avoids any
encroachment from the Cleveland Indians mascot, the Internet company,
and the novelty cushion.


Ben Zimmer

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