TV Words

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Dec 6 17:23:00 UTC 2006

This is the first I've heard of the Howdy Doody origin -- I've always
thought it was surfer slang.

> >
> I assume UK TV words would be irrelevant, though I would be
> happy trawl for some if it would help. Meanwhile would you
> class 'Cowabunga!'
> generally believed to have originated in Howdy Doody ('50s)
> and reborn in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ('90s) as a
> word or is it a
> (one-word) catchphrase. The Online Playground Dict defiones
> it as an excl. meaning 'Oh, my God!' 'Wow!' 'I'm impressed!'
> JG

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