Yahoos were fictional creations of Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift in his novel Gulliver’s Travels (1726) .
They were uncouth with nasty habits, according to Gulliver. He considered them primitive and obsessed with “pretty stones” they found by digging in mud,. They stood for the love for material things so frowned on by Swift. Nowadays in the dictionary a yahoo is defined as a crude, brutish or ignorant person.
As eighties’ student slang, the word was used to refer to unsophisticated country bumpkins and this is said to have appealed to Yahoo! co-founders, David Filo and Jerry Yang.
The official version is that it is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,”
Yahoo! groups are an invaluable resource for authors. You can find groups which are passionate about your niche and if you join in forum discussions you may even win some devoted fans.
You can find groups through which you can do your research, promote your work whether it be fiction or non-fiction.
Of course you can also find yourself wasting a lot of good writing time by following the highways and byways of discussions that are of no relevance at all to your work in hand 🙂