Hip hip hooray
Hip hip hooray (also hippity hip hooray; Hooray may also be spelled and pronounced hoorah, hurrah, hurray etc.) is a cheering called out to express praise or approbation toward someone or something, in the English speaking world and elsewhere.
By a sole speaker, it is a form of interjection. In a group, it takes the form of call and response: the cheer is initiated by one person exclaiming "Three cheers for...[someone or something]" (or, more archaically, "Three times three"), then calling out "hip hip" (archaically, "hip hip hip") three times, each time being responded by "hooray".
In Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the cheer commonly follows the singing of Happy Birthday to You.
It has been suggested that the word "hip" stems from a medieval Latin acronym, "Hierosolyma Est Perdita", meaning "Jerusalem is lost", a term that gained notoriety in the German Hep hep riots. English usage predates the riots, for example Thomas Moore wrote in his Memoirs that "they hipped and hurraed me" in 1818, a year before the riots, and The life of Pill Garlick (1813) likewise has a crowd toasting to the hero's health "with . . . hip! hip! hip! and a hoorra!".
Another claim is that the Europeans picked up the Mongol exclamation "hooray" as an enthusiastic cry of bravado and mutual encouragement, according to Jack Weatherford's book Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.
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