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Booyakasha derives from the Gaelic word "buíochas" (pronounced bwee ah kuss) which mean "glory to" "or praise be" as in "buíochas le Dia" which means "thanks be to god". The root word was subsequently adopted into Jamaican patois when Oliver Cromwell began banishing Irish prisoners to Jamaican plantations during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland during the mid-1600s. More recently, it has been popularized in pop culture as a phrase of exclamation by satirist Sacha Baron Cohen's character Ali G.



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

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