The word “whoa” comes from the word “ho,” which first came into Middle English as a command to slow down or draw your horse to a stop. Sometime around the year 1620, the spelling evolved into what we now use today, “whoa.”
Aside from its use with horses, whoa is a popular exclamation used to express surprise, amazement, or great pleasure.
It’s a simple four-letter word that people use frequently. But when put in writing, it seems to often be misspelled.
Okay people, listen up. There is only one correct way to spell the word “whoa.”
It’s not “woah.”
It’s not “whoah.”
It’s not “waoh’ or “whao” or “whaoh.”
And it’s only “whoa.”
Even if you’re British or Canadian. It’s still “whoa.”
Think of the word “who.” You don’t spell who “woh,” do you? Or “whoh.”
Of course, it’s a free country and I suppose, on your blog, you can spell “whoa” any way you want to. As long as you realize that if you spell it any way other than w-h-o-a, you’re spelling it wrong.
And if you don’t mind spelling whoa wrong…well, woe unto you.