Yahoo! No, I’m afraid that’s not the yahoo I want to discuss today. Nor is Yahoo! the search engine what I wanted to write about.
Yahoo as a term actually originated in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726), believe it or not. It referred to a race of brutes, who had the form and all of the vices fo humans, but not the virtues… Since Swift penned the term with that usage, yahoo has come to mean any uncultivated or boorish person. In other words, a yahoo is a lout, a philistine, or a yokel.
The yahoo yelled, “Yahoo!” when he found what he was looking for on the Yahoo! website, even though he was in the library on finals week.
When reading the above sentence, do you use differerent inflections or pronunciations with each different version of yahoo? And I know that Yahoo! the search engine was intending to bring up connotations of excitement and success when they named their product, but did no one on their marketting team say, “Hey, wait! This could also mean a really rude person…maybe we don’t want that linked to our product.”
What do you think?
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