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“Hip Hip Hooray!” has an anti-Semitic past

At one point, for some reason, “hep hep” was a Jew-hating cheer, and it eventually evolved into “hip hip” as in “hip hip hooray”.

“hep hep” was the rallying cry of the rioters in the “Hep Hep Riots” of the 19th century.  These riots against the Jews began on August 2, 1819 in Würzburg, Germany.  They subsequently spread across parts of Denmark, Poland, Latvia, and Bohemia.

Via The Daily What.

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