boo (interj. 1800, v. 1833)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Apr 9 16:20:05 UTC 2009

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 1:01 AM, Benjamin Zimmer <
>> bgzimmer at> wrote:
>>> My latest Word Routes column is on the origins of booing:
> What about the "boo" used to startle someone or as the sound made by ghostissiz?

Also discussed in the column as a predecessor. For startling
interjections, "bo(h)" came first, and then "boo" by the early 18th
century -- about a century before the drawn-out "boo" of derision.

--Ben Zimmer

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