What a great word! I just heard it on the radio in my car, and I’m not sure I’ve heard it since high school when the word bruja had a completely different meaning.
A brouhaha is an episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc., especially a broil over a minor or ridiculous cause. This definition becomes exceedingly interesting when one examines the etymology:
French in origin, “brou, ha, ha!” was an exclamation used by characters representing the devil in the 16th-cent. drama; or in medieval theater, “the cry of the devil disguised as clergy.”
Perhaps originally from Hebrew, a distortion of the recited phrase “bārūkh habbā”, “blessed is he who comes (in the name of the Lord)” (Ps. 118:26).
The resulting modern definition shows some skepticism toward religion, and certainly, when there’s a brouhaha, it very often is a devil hiding behind the cross who is responsible.