Y for Yahoo

Yahoos were fictional creations of Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift in his novel Gulliver’s Travels (1726) .

By English: Louis John Rhead (1857–1926) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By English: Louis John Rhead (1857–1926) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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 🙂

6 thoughts on “Y for Yahoo”

  1. Tell me about it – I spend a lot of time talking to other writers. It does have its good points, you hear al about everything as it happens, and all those opportunities. ~Liz Congrats on getting to the end! http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com (please don’t use Twitter of Blogger links, they don’t work!)

    1. Blogger links are really annoying. I have to write my comment, then copy it because it disappears when I click publish, then sign in…what a palaver. After all that, it only links to Blogger. I totally agree with you there.

  2. LOVE the background to Yahoo! Thanks Annie.

    I see there’s to be a reflections posting on or after 4th May. I read about it on the A to Z blog. I nearly missed it, so making sure all those I’ve been following know about it!

    Participating in
    Out of Africa – Topics from A to Z

    1. Thanks for letting me know, Shirley. I never would have found out if you hadn’t said. It’s been lovely having your company and what an outstanding series of posts on Africa. Congratulations on such a successful Challenge especially as you had no preparation time at all!

    1. Not sure that I ever properly read the whole book all the way through, Annalisa, but of course Gulliver did like the Houyhnhnms–and I sympathize with anyone who likes horses better than people. ::-)

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