The Woo-ification of America

When did “woo” become an appropriate response to positive statements and questions? I don’t remember coming home from school with a good grade and hearing my parents say, “Woo!” They said things like “good job” or “I’m proud of you,” but never “Woo!”

Now, “woo” is everywhere.

Dude one: “Hey, dude–Wanna come over and watch the game?”
Dude two: “Woo!”

CEO: “Your bonus checks will be bigger than expected.”
Employees: “Woo!”

Me: “Kids, we’re having Hamburger Helper tonight.”
Kids: “Woo!” (They have low “woo” standards.)

The “woo” has become so ubiquitous it has infiltrated one of the best songs written: Rocky Top. Yes, there was once a time when there was no “woo” between “Good ‘Ol Rocky Top” and Rocky Top Tennessee.” Ah, the good old days.

Who is to blame for the woo-ification of America?

Rick Flair? You remember him, right? He was the professional wrestler who used to hold up four fingers and shout “Woo!” Could he be the cause of the increase in “woo?”

Probably not.

I think it has more to do with our desire to find different ways to express joy and excitement. I don’t really have any problem with the woo-ification of America.

I just hope we get most excited over things with eternal significance.

Or, as John Piper might say, don’t waste your “woos.”

How do you feel about “woo?” And remember, “Woo!” is an acceptable answer.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “The Woo-ification of America

  1. I don’t use “Woo” and haven’t really heard it in my neck of the woods. I feel that way about “Awesome.” I won’t use it anymore unless I am referring to God. i will say “Great” or “fantastic” but not awesome.

  2. There has been an investigation into the woo in Rocky Top. True, it is not faithful to the Osborne Brothers or the Bryant family. However, it has been used at Neyland since the 70’s.

  3. I’d venture to say there’s an Alabama connection. “Woo!” is a common expression Tide fans use to end prayers, when they welcome babies, when the disability check comes, and as an introduction when one enters a Hooters.

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