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Old 01-31-2007, 07:34 PM
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"Whoopie ding!"

--an expletive used sarcastically to convey the experience of being profoundly underwhelmed.

It seems to me that I heard this phrase a lot while growing up in western Pennsylvania. However, it is apparently not used in Florida. I'm curious about whether it's just a regional expression, or if it is used elsewhere. Anyone else ever hear it?
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:36 PM
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I've only ever heard it as whoopie doo. Not ding.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:48 PM
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Back home in NB (I've been typing that so often lately... I'm starting to feel like Rose and her "back in St. Olaf" stories...) I used to hear a very, very similar expression from my first cousin's mouth often. As we are from the same family/region and age, I never quite figured out where she picked it up, but sometimes I'd hear other people use it, though rarely.

Her expression? "Whoop-dee-ding!" Or, other times, "Whoop-dee-ding-dong!"

The other times I'd heard it, they would say "Whoopidy-ding". Make of that what you will.

I, myself, have never used it. It wasn't common, unless I was hanging out with her.

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Old 01-31-2007, 07:55 PM
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It's a common expression in Michigan, except it's usually "Whoop-dee-doo." I never heard it quite phrased the way you have.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:56 PM
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Ah no. Whoopee ding is short for Whoopee ding do! These, of course, are related to the ironic utterance, 'Whoop-de-do'. I guess people thought the whole thing needed a little more pizzazz.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:53 PM
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It's a common expression in Michigan, except it's usually "Whoop-dee-doo." I never heard it quite phrased the way you have.
I've heard "whoop-de-doo" but the big one when I was a kid (back in the stone age) was a very sarcatically-delivered, "big whip." My ten-years-younger brother claims this expression is more accurately pronouced "big whoop," but I don't believe him.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:00 PM
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My personal favorite version is "Whoop-dee-shit."
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:07 PM
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My personal favorite version is "Whoop-dee-shit."
Damn...came in seven minutes to late to add that particular Tom Servo quote.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:17 PM
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Whooped dee do - I'm not thrilled about a past event.

Whoopie do - I'm not thrilled about a present or future event.

Whoopie ding - abbreviated - Sarcastic for I suppose you want me to ring the town bell and tell them all about this.

Whoopie ding dong - Sarcastic for I suppose you want me to ring the town bell and tell them all about this.

Whoopie ding dong, the wicked witch is dead - You're not impressed and you want them too suffer all day from Munchkins singing "Ding dong the wicked witch is dead."

I have used them all since childhood in Wisconsin.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:26 PM
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Whoop-dee-doo is what I heard most often growing up in Toronto, sometimes shortened to Whoopie-doo. It was usually accompanied by a vertical finger-twirling motion.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:28 PM
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I've heard "whoop-de-doo" but the big one when I was a kid (back in the stone age) was a very sarcatically-delivered, "big whip." My ten-years-younger brother claims this expression is more accurately pronouced "big whoop," but I don't believe him.
It's big whoop and big whoop dee do around here.
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:00 PM
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It's big whoop and big whoop dee do around here.
I don't believe YOU, either.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:35 PM
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Whoop-dee-doo is what I heard most often growing up in Toronto, sometimes shortened to Whoopie-doo. It was usually accompanied by a vertical finger-twirling motion.
In my younger Toronto days, it was "whoopie-doo" most often, but "big whoop" was quite popular too.

I also remember the finger twirling motion. Anybody else do that to accompany ther "whoopie-whatever" or was that a Toronto thing?
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:42 PM
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I have used them all since childhood in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin must be an exciting place.

(Sorry, I have a friend from Wisconsin and I tease him about that all the time.)
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:45 PM
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In my younger Toronto days, it was "whoopie-doo" most often, but "big whoop" was quite popular too.

I also remember the finger twirling motion. Anybody else do that to accompany ther "whoopie-whatever" or was that a Toronto thing?
It made it as far as Ottawa anyway We definitely used 'big whoop'. In fact I'm sure I've heard it on TV.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:49 PM
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We use 'em all in Indiana!
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:31 AM
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It's big whoop and big whoop dee do around here.
Those are the only ones I have heard. What kind of low-lifes are you other Dopers hanging out with, anyhow? Whoopie-doo, indeed!
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:17 AM
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According to a short television news item last fall, Wisconsin is the battle ground for east meets west language usage and idioms.

The twirling your finger at the same time, is occasionally done.

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Old 02-01-2007, 10:22 AM
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I have never heard nor used "whoopie-ding" but now is as good a time as any to start using it!
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:25 AM
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Never heard that expression, but I've always used "Big Wow!"
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:09 AM
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I left out a more contemporary one, so here it is.

Whoopie doo - That awful dreadlock thing Whoopi Goldberg has going on.
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:55 AM
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Whoopy-f*&^ing-doo ::with finger twirl:: in Orlando-but not at the "Family safe" fun parks
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:47 PM
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I've heard "whoop-de-doo" but the big one when I was a kid (back in the stone age) was a very sarcatically-delivered, "big whip." My ten-years-younger brother claims this expression is more accurately pronouced "big whoop," but I don't believe him.

Believe him, baby!
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:57 PM
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I've heard whoop-de-doo, big whoop, and whoopie fuck. My brother may have made that last one up himself, though.
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:35 PM
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In elementary school in Winnipeg, this guy Blaine used to say it as "whoopty ding dong doo dye day."
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Old 02-01-2007, 02:46 PM
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I also remember the finger twirling motion. Anybody else do that to accompany ther "whoopie-whatever" or was that a Toronto thing?
Heck yeah (I'm from Michigan, not too far from Toronto anyways.) As a matter of fact, that became so common here that nowadays all you have to do IS twirl your finger, without the accompanying vocalization, in order to get your message across. Most effective with a dead-pan expression or an eye-roll.
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:05 PM
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Heck yeah (I'm from Michigan, not too far from Toronto anyways.) As a matter of fact, that became so common here that nowadays all you have to do IS twirl your finger, without the accompanying vocalization, in order to get your message across. Most effective with a dead-pan expression or an eye-roll.

Supported. Also very good with a sarcastic and un-empathetic "woo".
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:10 PM
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Here it is often "whoop-dee fucking doo" or "whoopee fuck".

A similar expression in Ireland is "big swing of the mickey" ("mickey" = "cock").
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:16 PM
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Oh, and "whoopee fucking dangle" too.
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