brouhaha

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Borrowing 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).

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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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French[edit]

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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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