Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Tue Feb 28 21:22:49 UTC 2006

    "Ta-da!" imitates the two notes played by the band as the introduction to something dramatic/new/exciting.

Gerald Cohen

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> From:         American Dialect Society on behalf of Landau, James
> Sent:         Tuesday, February 28, 2006 12:14 PM
> Subject:           Ta-da!
> A coworker of mine speculates that "Ta-da!", an expression used by magicians about to reveal the end-results of a trick (as opposed to "hocus-pocus", used to initiate the audience's perception of a trick),
> is from the Hebrew "toda" (thank you) or "toda raba" (great thanks).  He points out that many vaudeville performers were Jewish and thereforefamiliar with at least a few words of Hebrew.
> Any comments?
>          - James A. Landau

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