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Postby Stargzer » Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:02 am

Is it true
there's no ballyhoo
In the AlphaAgora?

Yah, but
Dere be
Debate, mate!


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.



PRONUNCIATION: băl'ē-hImage'

NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. bal·ly·hoos
1. Sensational or clamorous advertising or publicity. 2. Noisy shouting or uproar.

TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: bal·ly·hooed, bal·ly·hoo·ing, bal·ly·hoos
To advertise or publicize by sensational methods.

ETYMOLOGY: Origin unknown.

WORD HISTORY: The origin of ballyhoo has been the subject of much speculation. This spelling has actually been used for four different words: ballyhoo, “sensational advertising”; ballyhoo, a spelling of balao, a kind of fish; ballyhoo, a part of the name ballyhoo bird, about which more later; and ballyhoo, a sailor's epithet for an unpopular ship. This last ballyhoo (first recorded in 1836) was thought to be related to, or the same as, the word ballahou, from Spanish balahú, “a type of schooner common in the Antilles.” First recorded in 1867, ballahou, besides being a term for a specific kind of ship, was also used contemptuously of inferior ships. But the connection between these sailing terms or the name of the fish and our word ballyhoo, first recorded in 1901, has not been established. There may, however, be a tie between ballyhoo and the creature called a ballyhoo bird. According to a July 1880 article in Harper's, the bird had four wings and two heads and could whistle through one bill while singing through the other. Anyone who has ever been on a snipe hunt will know what hunting ballyhoo birds was like.

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Postby tcward » Thu Jul 07, 2005 4:04 pm

This word reminds me of the lyrics to Lullaby on Broadway:

Come on along and listen to, the lullaby of Broadway
The hip hooray and ballyhoo, the lullaby of Broadway...


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