Today's Word of the Day means...
an exclamation of delight or satisfaction
from Chief Thunderthud on the Howdy Doody Show
A surfer's exclamation of delight and commitment at the beginning of a ride, often used as a generalized cry of delight: It was the real Andy Griffith, too: cowabunga (1950s+ Surfers)noun
Energetic popular plaudits: make their most open bid yet for commercial cowabunga (1980s+)
[apparently coined by Eddie Kean, writer of the television Howdy Doody Show, as a distress call for one of the characters]