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#1 2010-01-05 16:59:59

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1594

"gang ho" for "gung ho"

Gung ho is one of the phrases that entered English from contacts made in the Pacific theatre during WWII. It is said to mean “work together” in Chinese. Gang, on the other hand, goes back to O.E. and beyond to PIE, where it meant “to step” and was related to “to go”, and eventually it signified “go together” and then “a group”. Working together all gang ho makes perfect sense.

even democrat icon hilary clinton “had to” go all gang-ho patriotic in celebration of her re-election.

As an immortal and a werewolf if his teacher had not been all gang-ho about survival Remus would have allowed some young hunter to take his head
( … nd_Teacher)

Don’t go all gang ho and do stuff beyond your abilities
( … id=2620872)

We were all gang-ho about it, expressing our opinion how it is going to connect us together and more.
( … topic=7862)

Building a backyard swing
You’re all gang hoe and you get out and start working on the project and maybe finish up the loose ins on Sunday now or outside obviously.
( … -142812464)

Note added after doing the search I should have done earlier: more detailed etymology for “gung ho” can be found in the related post by Ken in the Database: gun ho.



#2 2010-01-05 23:29:41

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2217

Re: "gang ho" for "gung ho"

Years ago I ran across gun-ho ironically in the context “she’s a gun-ho earth-firster”. “Gang ho” is a worthy companion piece.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#3 2010-01-11 12:35:55

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1594

Re: "gang ho" for "gung ho"

Thankfully it hasn’t come to that yet in the climate wars. I’ve got my cultural eye peeled for the next wave of youth revolt after reading Kem’s book, and gun-toting vegans would fit the bill.

Here’s an evolution of a different sort, involving the insertion of movement into gung ho*, as gung-go.

blog comment during the day I’m all gung-go to go out that evening and come 5:00 POOF!

Reuters UK Gung-go documentary offers grunt’s-eye perspective of war

* it may already have the ring of “Wagons ho!”



#4 2018-01-02 23:18:40

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1104

Re: "gang ho" for "gung ho"

He is soooo excited, he is going ho.

When people first discover something they are all going ho about it. … ts-future/

Plus he gets all going ho about killing people and Viva La Revolution! … e166175776

This one time this women had a family and one child was sleeping across 2 seats I told her to wake him up cause I wanted to sit. Then she goes all going ho about him being a child he is tired and wants to sleep. … the_queue/

In 2014, the same bunch were not keen to meet him and were going ho about meeting 56”. Reality has dawned that 56” is nothing but gas and @OfficeOfRG is 4 real.



#5 2018-01-03 10:35:09

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 1019

Re: "gang ho" for "gung ho"

Going ho – love it! Another simbling anticipates that our foolhardiness may end in a sticky mess.

Tried it all I’ve ran I’ve hid I’ve gone in gunk ho nowt seems to work, if I’m lucky will win one game then that’s it for easy double figures never used to be like that.

From what I’ve found out guys are just really gunk ho. Women fall anywhere inbetween.

... welcome to the FGRV forum. It looks like you are gunk ho about getting it done, and done right.



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