Hooah // is a battle cry used by soldiers in the U.S. Army. Originally spelled "Hough", the battle cry was first used by members of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment during the Second Seminole War in 1841, after Seminole chief Coacoochee toasted officers of the regiment with a loud "Hough!", apparently a corruption of "How d'ye do!" Since WWII, the word has been widely used throughout the US Army and gained a more general meaning of "anything and everything except 'no'". It is comparable to Oorah in which the United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard use. The United States Navy uses Hooyah.
Some popular usages of hooah include:
- HOOAH! Bar – a US military energy bar
- Hooyah – the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard equivalent
- Huzzah – a 16th-century equivalent
- Oorah – the United States Marine Corps equivalent
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