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Posted by James Briggs on May 17, 2003

In Reply to: Hootenanny posted by bella on May 16, 2003

: : Anyone know the true origin of the phrase: Hootnanny?
: : Thanks!
: : Susan Johnson

: Origin, no, just that it means an informal musical performance with audience participation, a sort of loud, active sing-along; common usage "We had us a hootenanny last night and it was a lot of fun."

My big dictionary says 'US. 20thC. Origin unknown'