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How do I spell the word woah as used in surprise or excitement? Is it similar to wow but for the last w?

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I knew it as Whoa! – Kris May 1 '12 at 11:32
Olright thanks. That what wiki said too, – user101699 May 1 '12 at 11:35
Rather than surprise/ excitement, it's more like 'now, not so fast' or 'hold it'', I think. – Kris May 1 '12 at 11:35
But has many meanings for it. – user101699 May 1 '12 at 11:38
As an expression of delight or surprise (1980s) it has gradually superseded wow, which was very popular in the 1960s. – JLG May 1 '12 at 11:40

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used as a command to a horse to make it stop or slow down.
informal used as a greeting, to express surprise or interest, or to command attention: whoa, that's huge!

It's still whoa in all but Internet-speak.

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