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Ho [hoh] -- exclamation of surprise, etc., c.1300; as an exclamation calling attention, c.1430. Used after the name of a place to which attention is called (cf. Westward-Ho) it dates from 1593, originally a cry of boatmen, etc., announcing departures for a particular destination.
And here I was under the impression that John Wayne coined the word Ho!
I'm definitely watching too many hours of the Encore Western Channel this winter.