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| 16 September 2001
Posted on 11/25/2002 12:10:42 PM PST by Maedhros
Oorah (ooh-ra) adj., U.S. Marine Corps/U.S. Navy Seabee slang. Referring to or meaning anything except "no". Generally used when at a loss for words. Also:
Good or great.
Glad to meet you; Welcome aboard.
That is really neat, I want one too.
I dont know, but will check on it.
I havent the vaguest idea what you are blabbering about.
Sorry, I wasn't listening.
You have taken the correct action; You have made the right decision.
You have got to be shitting me; Bullshit.
I dont know what that means, but Im too embarrassed to ask for clarification.
That is enough of your drivel sit down.
Good copy, solid copy, roger, message received, understood.
Go to the next (briefing) slide.
I am a motivated, hard core Marine/Seabee warrior!
Im really not motivated or hard core, but want to sound like I am.
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posted on 11/25/2002 12:10:42 PM PST
To: Sparta; Jarhead; Jarhead_22; Texas_Jarhead
posted on 11/25/2002 12:11:28 PM PST
Thank you a lot for this post.
posted on 11/25/2002 12:12:38 PM PST
posted on 11/25/2002 1:15:25 PM PST
by El Sordo
posted on 11/25/2002 3:00:31 PM PST
Not a term used in the USMC during my 'sentence' of 1966-68. We mostly would just say "Eat the apple"...and wait for anybody within earshot to complete the sentence: "and F*%& the Corps!"
It was a term in '72, but my Dad never heard it and he retired in '70.
posted on 11/25/2002 6:45:57 PM PST
served proudly 83-91, Persian Gulf Marine Corps vet- OOORAH!
posted on 11/25/2002 10:07:45 PM PST
I thought it originated as a middle-eastern (Turkish?) war cry, meaning (roughly) "KILL!!! KILL!!!"
posted on 11/26/2002 10:26:39 AM PST
Years ago, in Basic Training, one of my drill sergeants told us that the word was actually HUA, and was an abbreviation for heard, understood, acknowledged. Since then, I know of nonbody else who has ever heard this claim. Anyone here?
posted on 11/26/2002 11:26:43 AM PST
You are correct!
You made me remember...
Help yourself to another piece of pie!
Montel Williams says this all the time on his show whenever there are military men in his audience. Sometimes I will say it when feeling particularly sorry for myself. It's good for motivating oneself out of inaction and laziness.
posted on 02/25/2003 3:56:53 PM PST
It's quite a coincidence that you should happen to dig this thread up from the nether regions of FR. I happened to be watching Black Hawk Down last night, and noticed that all the Rangers say "hooah."
posted on 02/25/2003 5:36:48 PM PST
Perhaps this is denotes some kind of interservice rivalry twixt the Rangers and Marines.
posted on 02/25/2003 5:38:05 PM PST
a phrase heard...and used...OFTEN
posted on 02/25/2003 6:16:55 PM PST
(Victory belongs to the man who wants it the most, and believes in it the longest.)
I found it while exploring the other forums of FR. It seems that everyone has their particular version. The military can't be beat for motivation and inspiration IMHO.
posted on 02/26/2003 4:49:04 PM PST
Thanks for clearing this up. Now that I see the word in print and your explanation, I know I was wrong, in thinking they were paying tribute to Oprah.
posted on 08/30/2003 9:19:35 AM PDT
OORAH Cobra Company!!, OOrAH APPLE PIE!! OORAH BootCAmp!!!!!
We always Oorah'd to get each other fired up, when we had our christmas chow we had a slice of apple pie, and lol we just had to Oorah it. lol
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