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Whippoorwill origin of word hootnanny (6) RE: origin of word hootnanny 13 Aug 97

The story I heard (which may be as true now as it was then), was that it came from the old joke:

What do you get when you cross an owl with a billygoat?

From there it came to mean any wondrous or unusual thing, which, when you get right down to it, is what a hootenanny is. Are. Is. Whatever.

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