booyakasha

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of unclear origin, although many spurious theories exist. Possibly of Jamaican origin, as an extended form of boo-ya. Intended as a simulation of a gunshot and used in hip-hop, e.g. Keep Their Heads Ringin’ by Dr Dre (1995) and before that by Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. in the late 1980s. Popularised by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, whose character Ali G used it during the 1990s and early 2000s.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

booyakasha

  1. (slang) Used to express triumph, normally if trying to appear "gangsta".

See also[edit]

  • boo-ya
  • buíochas, Irish language word for thanks of which booyakasha might be a corruption.