Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
An exclamation of astonishment, admiration, envy, scorn, deflation, etc: Does she gossip? Hoo-ha
[1930s+; fr Yiddish]
[1931+; perhaps influenced by hoo-ha1; first attested in early 1900s British armed forces as ''an argument; an artillery demonstration,'' and probably echoic-symbolic of a loud fuss, like hoopla, to-do, brouhaha, foofooraw, and hooley]