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  • "'But I should not like to answer for the wind: the weather is all ahoo—the glass skips up and down—and we may have Pellworm's blow upon us yet. Still, if it does not come much south of west...'

    "The weather was indeed all ahoo, upset, chaotic, unpredictable; and there was a very great deal of it, almost always thick..."

    —Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate, 284

    See also a usage on bunt.

    February 9, 2008

  • How interesting...the weather here's been all ahoo too.

    February 10, 2008

  • Just found this on Google Books:

    "This is the most favoured habitat of the GOITERED GAZELLE (Gazella subgutturosa), Persian Ahoo. It is found in the plains of Khuzistan in the south-west, the plains of Zanjan in the north-west and Khorosan in the north-east and the Sistan plains in the south-east.

    "In the drier parts of the centra desert is found the JEBEER (Gazella dorcas fuscifrons) and very occasionally the two species can be seen together. A small population of the goitered gazelle is found on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.

    "The ahoo is an extremely elegant and beautiful animal, being about 75 centimetres high and weighing up to 50 kilogrammes. The males have a pair of slender pointed horns, bending slightly outwards at the tips. The females are usually hornless, but there is a small population of horned females in the west of Iran.

    "As mentioned previously, the Jebeer Gazelle lives in the arid region of the central Khavir. Smaller than the ahoo, it weighs up to 25 kilogrammes. Both sexes have horns and the species is only ever found in small groups of 20–30, unlike the ahoo which may run in herds of hundreds."

    —Patrick Humphreys, Esmail Kahrom, Lion and Gazelle: The Mammals and Birds of Iran (I.B. Tauris, 1999), 59–60

    October 13, 2008

  • Ooooh, another ungulate! Thanks for the lovely tidbit, c_b.

    October 13, 2008

  • Three more, trivet! You're welcome. :)

    October 13, 2008

  • "'I'm afraid your cabin was all ahoo, ma'am,' he said. 'But I picked up what bits was scattered on the floor...'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone (New York: Delacorte Press, 2009), 323

    March 17, 2010