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DawnStorm
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Earlier this month, I was listening to a radio critic discuss the movie Jarheads. The host mentioned that he'd read/heard someplace that the Marine's "hoorah" is a corruption of 'hua', which means 'heard, understood, acknowledged'. Sounds ULish to me.

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Hua is what the Army says. Stands for "Head Up Ass" (as far as I'm concerned). In Armyspeak, "Hua" means anything but "no." Any attempt to make it an acronym is an explanation after the fact.

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Huh. I think pinqy just called me (and the other Army vets on this board) an asshat.

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I think you're right, Nurple!

Oorah-a-Chow!

(and the USMC website's Explaination)

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I think this means somethink like "Charge!" in Mongolian (allegedly, "hoorah" and "hurricane" comes from the same word "hoorag" meaning "charge"). However, the sources I know are not the most reliable, but the version in widespread
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I've read the version and I personally find it unrealistic. In a sense, I believe it's similar to some folk explaination, like with "computer bugs" and "debugging": some interesting instance found and therefore it is considered as an origin. However, I don't think this is the case

From the story above it seems to be clear that the word was adopted during Korean war. I'd say that it would be pretty fair to say that this is one of the instances where US "fought" Russians since the latter definitely provided military training to Korean troops. The case is that "hoorah" is in the USSR military statute, and is completely official. You have to use it under certain conditions. I think that the word got through the enemy lines, since the explaination given above is unclear at best (and contradicts some other accounts on the Web). However, I can give you the literary Russian source (Pushkin, actually) who uses this same word in a 100% appropriate setting in early 19th century, so there is no way it got back. And, again, most likely it is used since 15-16 century. Yes, it's that old.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nurple:
Huh. I think pinqy just called me (and the other Army vets on this board) an asshat.

Why yes, I do believe he did! [Mad]

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I've always understood that "hooah" was how you say "oorah" with a dick in your mouth.


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Aw, come on, DR. We can't pick on you, and you know that.

There are laws that protect the intellectually challenged. [lol] You are just too easy a target! Oh, and did your Navy-Daddy give you permission to use the computer??

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BTW, Webster's believe in German origins of the word. Will have to check OED.
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Wikipedia - Oorah
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quote:
Originally posted by DesertRat:
I've always understood that "hooah" was how you say "oorah" with a dick in your mouth.


[fish] (Bring it, doggies! [Wink] )

Well, that actually may be true in my case, but I'm a girl so it was okay in everybody's eyes.

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DesertRat
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quote:
Aw, come on, DR. We can't pick on you, and you know that.

There are laws that protect the intellectually challenged. You are just too easy a target! Oh, and did your Navy-Daddy give you permission to use the computer??

Words of wisdom from the ankle-deep Navy. Don't forget your waterwings!

(On a completely, unrelated note, my Dad WAS in the Navy... [Smile] )

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Well, that actually may be true in my case, but I'm a girl so it was okay in everybody's eyes.
If you were still on active duty, I'd write you up for an MSM for that comment. [Big Grin]

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Well my little children!! Some of you, at least the real vets, should remember that military commands come from the "diaphragm". Just try to go outside and yell "hoooraaa" in your deepest loudest and from the gut voice, and you will see it comes out "Huhra"
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Damned Jarheads.... When _I_ do it, it just naturally comes out, "Hooah". I don't want to add in any Navy-glans-vibrating "R"s in there. [lol]

And welcome to the boards!! It's good to have another Devil-Dog here to pick on. [Wink]

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In the Air Force we used to shout "MeetmeattheOclubat1600"

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In the Navy we said: "shut up and get me another beer, you ain't got me that beer YET!"

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I was Naval Air, so we didnt really have any war cry, but during C school at the Naval Air Tactical Training Center in Lakehurst, New Jersey (where the Hindenburg went down), our instructors were Marines and we always heard "Hooah". Even though Wikipedia defnies it as an abreviation for Heard, Understood, Accepted, I was told it stood for Heard, Understood, Acknowledged.

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Malruhn
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We were joking when I went to the Air Force Senior NCO Academy last year... The various military "grunts"

Air Force: MEET-ME-AT-THE-O-CLUB-AT-1600!
Navy: YOO-HOOOOO!!
Marines: OORAH!!
Army: HOOAH!!
Coast Guard: WHAT THE...

Then we got REALLY silly. We decided that since the grunts were based in a long history of military service, the Air Force couldn't have one... damned young punks. [Wink]

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Jason Threadslayer
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quote:
Originally posted by beaver_slayer:
I think this means somethink like "Charge!" in Mongolian (allegedly, "hoorah" and "hurricane" comes from the same word "hoorag" meaning "charge").

Hurricane comes from the Spanish huracán from the Mayan god Huracan.

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Heard, Understood, Acknowledged.

Hua! And say it LOUD!!!

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Army National Guard Aunt (she's in Iraq)
Friend to many in all branches of the military (all over the freakin' place!)

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IIRC, on AFN, they have PSA describing "military traditions" and one of them is the origin of "Hooah" or whatever... (Hubby is Air Force.)

According to AFN, a group of soldiers (esp. one specific general, but I'll be damned if I remember who) sat down to eat with a group of Native Americans. (When or where, I cannot remember. Why am I writing this?)

Anyway, when they said hello to the Chief, he replied, "Hooah." Supposedly, he was trying to say hello back, but didn't speak English, so he messed it up.

Now does that sound like a UL or what? [lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by GaiaP5:
Anyway, when they said hello to the Chief, he replied, "Hooah." Supposedly, he was trying to say hello back, but didn't speak English, so he messed it up.

An interesting coincidence. I just finished re-reading The Last of the Mohicans. In that book Cooper uses the word "hugh!" as the indian exclamation for surprise or excitement. If spoken from the diaphram, that sure can sound close to "Hooah" or "Huaa." I wonder . . .

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quote:
Originally posted by mnotr2:
quote:
Originally posted by Nurple:
Huh. I think pinqy just called me (and the other Army vets on this board) an asshat.

Why yes, I do believe he did! [Mad]

Mnot - sure is dark in here - r2

uh...you do know pinqy is actually in the Army, right? [Razz]

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