brouhaha

[broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah]
noun
1.
excited public interest, discussion, or the like, as the clamor attending some sensational event; hullabaloo: The brouhaha followed disclosures of graft at City Hall.
2.
an episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc., especially a broil over a minor or ridiculous cause: A brouhaha by the baseball players resulted in three black eyes.

Origin:
1885–90; < French, orig. brou, ha, ha! exclamation used by characters representing the devil in the 16th-cent. drama; perhaps < Hebrew, distortion of the recited phrase bārūkh habbā (beshēm ădhōnai) “blessed is he who comes (in the name of the Lord)” (Ps. 118:26)

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brouhaha (ˈbruːhɑːhɑː)
 
n
a loud confused noise; commotion; uproar
 
[French, of imitative origin]

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brouhaha
1890, from Fr. brouhaha (1552), said by Gamillscheg to have been, in medieval theater, "the cry of the devil disguised as clergy." Perhaps from Heb. barukh habba' "blessed be the one who comes," used on public occasions (cf. Psalm 118).
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Example sentences
How this brouhaha will affect competition is unclear.
After the initial brouhaha, things got pretty quiet again.
The emperor was too distracted to notice our brouhaha.
This brouhaha is incredibly silly.
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