Booyah!!!

You won? Booyah!
You completed your goal? Booyah!
Your team triumphed, you aced the test, you came up with a snappy comeback for some jerk’s insult? Booyah!

It’s a popular word these days. It’s an exclamation point, a defiant “I did it.” It must be cool, the kids are saying it. At least they were. Now everyone has adopted it, so they’re probably not using it as much anymore.

But where did it come from? Is it just some nonsensical shout of joy? Look it up online, Google has lots of links. It’s an exclamation of winning. It’s an “in your face I told you so”, it’s even a stew.

Close, but no cigar. My theory is that this word is over 1500 years old. In Highland King, Doncann’s battle cry is “Buaidh”! Why? Because it’s the Gaelic word for “Victory” and I thought it fit. But Gaelic is tough to pronounce. I had NO idea how to pronounce it and so I looked it up. The best explanation for the pronunciation of this word came from “The Caledonian Mercury” a Scottish newspaper. http://heritage.caledonianmercury.com/2010/05/10/useful-gaelic-word-%e2%80%93-buaidh/00731
So, it looks unpronouncable, but according to the article, Buaidh is pronounced “boo-uh-ee”. It seems the world has forgotten where this word came from.

It was fun to do a little detective work. I could not find this connection when I looked up the word “Booyah”, I only discovered it by accident, by looking at this ancient Gaelic battle cry for victory. The lesson? Don’t trust a single source when you are doing research. Look in multiple places, verify! You may be surprised at what you find.  You might even find something the rest of the world has forgotten.

Buaidh!

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2 Responses to Booyah!!!

  1. Janie Bill says:

    Very clever how you cracked the case. Good deductive reasoning.

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