rebel yell and yeehaw

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Jan 25 13:51:41 UTC 2012

Jonathan, you if anyone would perhaps know the history of the exclamatory "Hoo'-rah" (with stress on the first syllable), commonly associated with the Marine Corps--for instnace, as a Corpsal response to "Semper Fi!"  Persumably it's derived from a variant pronunciation of "Hurrah/Hurray" (with stress on the second syllable), but when did it become separately lexified and adopted by the Marines?


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