Posted by ESC on February 26, 2005
In Reply to: Hoop and a Hollar posted by Smokey Stover on February 26, 2005
: : Where did this phrase come from?
: Recte, "a whoop and a holler." That is a shout and a shout. I don't know where it comes from. A whoop is a somewhat different noise from a holler. SS
Maybe it means within shouting distance. In the days before telephones, people yelled to their neighbors. Just a guess.