pronun. of "yahoo," n.

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 12 14:06:43 UTC 2007

At 3/11/2007 07:15 PM, Jon L wrote:
>OED offers [jhu] only, which is the educated pronunciation.

My outdated OED2 offers (jA;"hu;) -- which I translate as
"yah-HOO"  (A; as in barn; u; as in boon).  Is that the same as Jon's [jhu] ?

>   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.


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