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”


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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