Fun fact 1/9/2017

“Whoa” is hardly a new word; it dates back to at least the early 17th century. At that time it was used mostly in shouted form and was intended to garner the attention of someone in the distance. Around the the mid-1800s, people began using “whoa” to halt forward-moving horses, and by the latter half of the 20th century it had morphed into an expression for conveying alarm, surprise, or advanced interest.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2013/12/whoa_or_woah_correct_spelling_and_variants_of_the_increasingly_popular_word.html

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