Origin of hullabaloo
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What does hullabaloo mean?
A hullabaloo is an uproar or a noisy commotion, especially the sound of a bunch of people shouting in protest about something.
A hullabaloo doesn’t have to be literally noisy—the word can also be used to refer to all the talk and commentary surrounding a controversy, such as on social media. Because hullabaloo sounds a little silly, it’s often used to be funny.
Example: There was a big hullabaloo at the parents’ meeting when it was announced that brownies wouldn’t be allowed at the bake sale.
Where does hullabaloo come from?
The first records of hullabaloo come from the mid-1700s. It may come from a rhyming combination of the interjection halloo and the Scots word baloo, meaning “lullaby.”
A hullabaloo is a far cry from a soothing lullaby, though. Typically, the word refers to a rowdy, raucous ruckus—picture a bunch of people shouting at a public meeting with someone banging a gavel trying to get them to quiet down. But the noise doesn’t have to be literal. Hullabaloo can also refer collectively to all the comments and conflicting opinions about a controversial topic, especially in a context in which those comments can be observed by a lot of people, such as in the media or on social networks. There are a lot of ways to say the same thing, like hubbub, uproar, clamor, furor, ruckus, and the just-as-fun-to-say brouhaha.
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How is hullabaloo used in real life?
Hullabaloo is commonly used to refer to an uproar about something, whether literally loud or just involving a lot of people’s opinions.
Back in 2009, there was a big hullabaloo over Carlos Tevez choosing Man City over Man Utd because he was offered higher wages at City, even though United were the better side.
Now Alexis Sànchez has done the same but in the opposite direction.
Roles have reversed.
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) January 23, 2018
just thought I'd clear up all of the hullabaloo @RebeccaRomijn has started. yes. I drive a PT. yes. he is glorious. his name is Petey. i💖him
— Lindy Booth (@LindyBooth) January 22, 2016
Not feeling the Apple news today? Head to http://t.co/Zu4c4Uws to skip all of the hullabaloo.
— Engadget (@engadget) October 4, 2011
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How to use hullabaloo in a sentence
You may recall the hullabaloo in 2017 over some Facebook chatbots that “invented their own language.”Do AI Systems Really Have Their Own Secret Language?|Aaron J. Snoswell|June 10, 2022|Singularity Hub
With the ongoing hullabaloo about former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn skipping out of Japan to avoid facing criminal charges, it’s easy to forget that this company churns out very impressive and reliable vehicles.Driving away the winter blues|Joe Phillips|February 21, 2021|Washington Blade
Yet for all the hullabaloo about outside groups, the race may simply come down to old-fashioned retail politics.Nebraska’s GOP Cage Match|Ben Jacobs|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the hullabaloo confused the neophyte rockers, who had only been a band for two years and were searching for their own voice.Cold War Kids on Faith, Hipster Detractors & Their Musical Evolution|Marlow Stern|April 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There was a big hullabaloo during the 2008 presidential election over your relationship to Obama.Exclusive: Bill Ayers On the Weathermen, Obama’s Crap Job & More|Marlow Stern|April 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Chris Christie is taking all the hullabaloo about his body fat in stride.Give Chris Christie a Break on His Weight|Michelle Cottle|February 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One has to wonder how all this hullabaloo will affect the kids in the long run.Preschoolers Having ‘Oral Sex’?!|Lizzie Crocker|February 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She would miss the car and raise a hullabaloo, and maybe crab the whole thing in the start.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
But Captain Mayo, pacing under the damp gleam of the riding-light, paid but little heed to the hullabaloo.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
I couldn't understand him, for he spoke his own language, but guessed what was up when I heerd the hullabaloo his words raised.My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3|William Clark Russell
I was camping down below in the woods and each evening heard a hullabaloo, and when awake in the night I heard it.Watched by Wild Animals|Enos A. Mills
This hullabaloo about no taxation without representation fills the ears of the ignorant.Rodney, the Ranger|John V. Lane