The Whoosh is the UT Dallas signature sign, an understood language between Comets.
The salute is named the Whoosh because it is the sound a comet would make if there was sound in space. The gesture honors the campus mascot, Temoc, whose name is comet spelled backward.
Invented in the early 1990s, the Whoosh has become a way for UT Dallas students to show campus unity. The University began teaching the Whoosh at new student orientation in 2005, and it is now embraced as the symbolic gesture for all students and alumni.