pronun. of "yahoo," n.

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Mar 12 00:34:07 UTC 2007

>OED offers [jhu] only, which is the educated pronunciation.
>   IIRC, old westerns pronounce it [ 'je:hu: ], and, outside the
> classroom, I have heard it so pronounced in the South.  I never heard it
> at all in NYC, outside of the classroom.

I've heard "YAH-hoo" and "YAY-hoo" 'in the wild' (in the Midwest).

MW3 shows "YAH-hoo", "yah-HOO", "YAY-hoo", and "yuh-HOO" (with schwa).

-- Doug Wilson

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