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Saturday, 9 April 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Yahoo

Jonathan Swift, by Charles Jervas (died 1739)....Image via Wikipedia
Yahoo: noun – someone coarse and bestial, lout, hooligan; large hairy man-monster supposed to live in eastern Australia; one of a race of man-like brutes subject to the Houyhnhnms, the intelligent horses in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels; widely used web search engine that finds information, news, images, products, finance.

‘Daisy says that David is a real yahoo; apparently, he thinks it’s funny to put her down in public and he once pulled her skirt right up over her head as she was walking down the High Street.’

‘In light of the dictionary definition, Janice never fully understood why the popular web search engine had chosen to call itself Yahoo.’

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