pronun. of "yahoo," n.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Mar 12 15:17:48 UTC 2007

The IPA symbols used by OED say "YAH-hoo." Mine say "YAY-hoo."


"Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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At 3/11/2007 07:15 PM, Jon L wrote:
>OED offers [jhu] only, which is the educated pronunciation.

My outdated OED2 offers (jA;"hu;) -- which I translate as
"yah-HOO" (A; as in barn; u; as in boon). Is that the same as Jon's [jhu] ?

> IIRC, old westerns pronounce it [ 'je:hu: ], and, outside the
> classroom, I have heard it so pronounced in the South. I never
> heard it at all in NYC, outside of the classroom.


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