Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 30, 2001
In Reply to: Boy Howdy posted by Jim Webster on August 29, 2001
: Just wondering...does this sarcastic putdown derive from the Howdy Doody Show?
I googled your phrase and I did not see it used as a putdown at all. It was used on an assortment of sites as an experssion of amazement as in "Wowee, boy howdy, what great chilli" or "boy howdy, what a great time we had at the Johnson cookout".