Posted by ESC on May 13, 2003
In Reply to: Yowza! posted by Cogito on May 13, 2003
: I've contacted several sites asking about the origin of this word - so far, they have all been stumped! I've seen Yowza used in advertisements in the Western US for such disparate things as white water rafting and yard sales - all appear in the vein of "WoW" or "Look at This!". Anyone have a clue about where this came from?
YOWSAH! -- Yes, sir! From the "1930s: The Joe and the Jerk" chapter of "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996).