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Postby scw1217 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:53 am

I'm surprised this word wasn't in the Goodword dictionary already.


noun Informal .
1. bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do.
2. sensational publicity; ballyhoo.
3. speech or writing intended to mislead or to obscure an issue

1865–70; < French houp-là! command (as to a child) to move, take a step

Online Etymology Dictionary:
1877, hoop la, Amer.Eng., earlier houp-la, exclamation accompanying quick movement (1870), of unknown origin, perhaps borrowed from Fr. houp-là "upsy-daisy," also a cry to dogs, horses, etc.
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Postby Slava » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:09 am

I'm surprised the definition doesn't include the favorite of crossword puzzles: Much Hoopla About Nothing.
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Re: Hoopla

Postby Audiendus » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:51 pm

The Collins English Dictionary gives the following additional meaning:

(British) A fairground game in which a player tries to throw a hoop over an object and so win it.

It is often used in that sense in the UK.

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