[Northkeep] Huzzah (was Newbie)

Marc Carlson marccarlson20 at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 28 14:33:57 PST 2003

You know, for an information tool that's going to save the universe, the
Internet has a lot of misinformation strewn about.

Huzza, as an exclamation od shout of exultation dates back to at least the
1530s and is attributed to both naval hoisting cries (the noise you make
when pulling on a rope) - although I've seen another etymology that has it
deriving from "Hussar".  It's the ancestor of the current marine corps

Vivat goes back (in English) to at least 1663, from the Latin "vivat" or
'May he (or she) live'.  The use of it as a bit of applause goes back only
to the 19th century.

Both are readily found in the OED.


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