yahoo (was: 'Top Words from 2007'...)

Michael Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Tue Apr 1 22:40:44 UTC 2008

I'm not sure what this will accomplish -- but...

M-W does list as first pronunciation [jejhu] which I had never before heard.

I, like many people on the list (n.b. Mr Z) have heard yahoo pronounced
with both the [a] and the 'ash' vowel. And unlike Mr Z I've heard it
used as a noun many times -- and I've been using it a lot as a noun
*very* recently. I've heard the stress on the noun almost exclusively on
the first syllable.


sagehen wrote:
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> on 4/1/08 1:40 PM, Tom Zurinskas at truespel at HOTMAIL.COM wrote:
>> Of interest here is that no one has heard of the pronunciaton YAH-hoo as the
>> majority form, even though that's the way the pronounces it.  Very
>> very strange.
>> Tom Zurinskas,
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~
> Hunh?  I've never heard "yahoo" in the Swiftean sense & its derivatives
> pronounced any other way than YAH-hoo. Furthermore, in my experience, the
> "yippee!" sense is far less-used than the ignorant oaf sense.
> Who remembers how the pilot that rode the bomb down at the end of Dr.
> Strangelove pronounced it (if that was the word he used)?
> AM
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