Word of the Week Wednesday: brouhaha


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: brouhaha.

Brouhaha refers to any public excitement or confusing: an ado, uproar or hullabaloo.

I find this word inherently funny, perhaps because it has a laugh in it.

Oddly enough, for such a whimsical sounding word, it has a somewhat diabolical origin.

The word comes to us from French, used in medieval theater as the “cry of the Devil disguised as clergy”.  Apparently, it is a corruption of the Hebrew, barukh habba‘  meaning “blessed be the one who comes”

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

2 Responses to Word of the Week Wednesday: brouhaha

  1. mitch9 says:

    Oooo…Very interesting! I love this word and had no clue where it came from! Thanks Dan : )

  2. tinyreddragon says:

    My husband uses “brouhaha” all the time. There’s always a brouhaha when watching a hockey game for example. It never fails to put a smile on my face lol. He is French Canadian so maybe he knows something I don’t ha ha

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