va-va-voom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The first documented use of the phrase is in the 1954's self-titled song Va Va Va Voom by Art Carney. It was popularized a year later by car mechanic Nick in the Hollywood classic Kiss Me Deadly (1955), which helped the catch phrase being remembered over time and being reused many decades later in advertisements and pop songs.

Interjection[edit]

va-va-voom

  1. (slang) Expressing that something is lively, sexy, passionate, and/or exciting.

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References[edit]

  • “va-va-voom” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • 1954 May 29, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., Billboard[1], Nielsen Business Media, Inc., ISSN 00062510, page 54: