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Hooah /ˈhɑː/ is military slang. Originally "HOOA" was used by US Army Airborne in World War II meaning "Head Out Of Ass" and was a spin-off of Radio Operators' HUA "Heard Understood Acknowledged". As the term spread throughout the Army it gained a more general meaning of "anything and everything except 'no'" and may be used as a battle cry.[1][2]

It is used by soldiers in the U.S. Army, which accounts for the vast majority of the usage of the word.

Possible meanings

Some popular usages of hooah include:[3]

  • HUA means: "Heard, understood, and acknowledged"[4][5][6]

See also


HOORA used by US Army Rangers

  1. ^ "ANAD participates in Veterans Day events". U.S. Army. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  2. ^ "Soldier-Speak: A Brief Guide to Modern Military Jargon". U.S. Army. 2015-03-8. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  3. ^ – U.S. Army Hooah Race
  4. ^ Under the entry for HOOAH
  5. ^ Snopes inquiry
  6. ^ Some additional resource to the effect that "HUA" is indeed the proper usage from radio operators as "Heard, Understood, and Acknowledged" as opposed to a bacronym

External links

  • About.com article with ideas about Hooah's etymology
  • About.com article with some possible definitions
  • Hooah uttered at the end of the re-enlistment oath, Baghdad, July 4th, 2008: at time 1:08 on the video clip
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