brouhaha

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Borrowed from French brouhaha, but disputed as to where from before that. Possibly from Hebrew בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא (barúkh habá, welcome, literally blessed is he who comes).

The word transliterally appears in the Torah as part of Moses' Song at the Sea (Exodus 15:10) in Hebrew בְרוּחֲךָ֖ (ḇə·rū·ḥă·ḵā, literally His breath/wind) and refers to the great wind that caused the Egyptian army to be drowned in the Red Sea.

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brouhaha (plural brouhahas)

  1. A stir; a fuss or uproar.
    It caused quite a brouhaha when the school suspended one of its top students for refusing to adhere to the dress code.

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Etymology[edit]

Disputed. Possibly from an onomatopoeic assimilation from Hebrew בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא (barúkh habá, welcome, literally blessed is he who comes)

In regards to the semantic evolution to "noisy meeting" compare with ramdam, sabbat

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brouhaha m (plural brouhahas)

  1. brouhaha
    • 1865, Jules Verne, De la Terre à la Lune:
      Un brouhaha, une tempête d’exclamations accueillit ces paroles.
      A brouhaha, a gale of exclamations welcomed those words.

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