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Some claim that it was coined as a name for a British game of ring-toss, but now it denotes "hype and commotion." What word is it?

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Answer: hoopla

This is a false etymology. The word comes from the American English houp-la, an exclamation that goes with rapid movements. The latter's origin is unknown - perhaps it is from the French houp-là, upsy-daisy.

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