What does Booyakasha mean?

Booyakasha refers to an exclamation of triumph and a catchphrase, known from the screen alter-ego of Sacha Baron Cohen, Ali G, as well as the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

“Booyakasha” is a modified version of a term from Jamaican patois, which is also the origin of the word Bumbaclot.


What's the origin of Booyakasha?

“Booyakasha” comes from the Jamaican patois word “booyaka”, which is an onomatopoetic impression of a gun shot salute, heard at police and military funerals.

A prominent work of art, that included and popularized “booyaka” is the jungle drum and bass song of M-Beat and General Levy: “Incredible”, which was featured in the opening credits of the 2002 “Ali G Indahouse” motion picture flick.

“Booyakasha” was coined by Sacha Baron Cohen as the catchphrase of his faux-street alter-ego Alistair Leslie Graham or Ali G, who appeared in 1998 on Channel 4’s “The 11 O’Clock Show”, as well as “Da Ali G Show” which ran between 2000 and 2004.

Spread & Usage

How did Booyakasha spread?

Due to the popularity of Ali G, “Booyakasha” spread rapidly across popular culture, being first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003, with several entries to follow.

Reaction GIFs and images featuring the expression were already in use by the final years of the 2000’s.

“Booykasha” was even further popularized in 2012, when it was revealed that in the new animated series of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, the iconic catchphrase “Cowabunga” would be replaced by “Booyakasha”.

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