Examples of woo-woo
Examples of woo-woo
Where does woo-woo come from?
Woo-woo emerges in the 1980s as a dig on far-out, New Age-y, hippy-dippy beliefs. It may imitate the sound of theremin music in horror and sci-fi film and TV or the spooky noises associated with ghosts and the supernatural.
Although woo-woo is usually considered dismissive and derogatory, some alternative medicine practitioners, such as perennial Oprah guest Deepak Chopra, have embraced the label.
Who uses woo-woo?
As noted, some in the spiritualist or alternative medicine communities have taken up the label woo-woo, including UK-based spiritual teacher and podcaster Vix Maxwell (New Age Hipster). She offers Woo Woo 101 courses for beginners at her Woo Woo School. Very woo-woo.
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Skeptics, however, typically use woo-woo to make fun of pseudoscientific wellness beliefs and their practitioners. National Geographic Traveler even declared Sedona, Arizona to be the “Capital of Woo-Woo” in a 2010 magazine article.
Huge difference. ‘Adrenal failure’ is a legitimate medical condition in which, for whatever reason, the adrenal glands don’t produce enough hormone for the body. Can be life-threatening.
‘Adrenal fatigue’ is woo-woo from people who want to steal from you. https://t.co/oHBuop7LZd
— Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) October 19, 2018
Lastly, we at Dictionary.com would be bad Oaklanders if we didn’t mention a very different woo-woo. Oakland, California resident Bubb Rubb became one of the internet’s first viral video sensations in 2003 when he was interviewed on local news about whistle tips (which modify car mufflers), memorably describing their high-pitched sound as “Woo-woo!”