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Black Hawk Down

Posted by ESC on October 16, 2003

In Reply to: Boom-boom posted by masakim on October 15, 2003

: : : : : What's this oddball expression mean? Where's it from?

: : : : Roughly translated, hooray. It sprung up within the last 5 to 7 years among young people. Source?

: : : They were saying something like it in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

: : From a submission to --
: : booya "boo yaw"
: : 1. A threatening phrase derived from gang terminology for the sound a shotgun makes when fired. 2. An exclamation.
: : "This (bleep) was creepin' tryin' to gaffle my whip, but I snuck out the crib, cocked back, and BOOYA, splattered that fool's brains all over the driveway!" "Booya grandma, booya!"

: boo-ya adj. [1990s] (W.I./UK/US Black teen) totally wonderful, incredibly fine. [? hip-hop group the _Boo-Ya Tribe_]
: booya!/booyah! excl. [1980s+] 1 (US campus) a term used to indicate suddenness or surprise (cf. BANG; WHAM!) 2 (US Black gang) an echoic term used to imitate the sound of a shotgun being fired (cf. BOOYAKA!) [SE excl. _boo!_ + _yah_]
: booyaka! excl. [1980s+] (W.I./UK Black teen) an excl. of delight, pleasure, made by using the mouth to simulate gun shots fired in celebration or appreciation of something (cf. BOOYA!; PRAM! PRAM!)
: From _Cassell's Dictionary of Slang_ by Jonathon Green

So what were they saying in Black Hawk Down? It had more of an "h" sound. In context it was kind of to say, "Let's get 'em." "Give it the old college try."