yoda as a generic

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue May 4 16:14:56 UTC 2010

It's been around a while. From Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 3, "School
Hard," shooting script 7/30/1997, by David Greenwalt:

Spike talking to Angel: "You think you can fool me? You were my sire,
man...you were my Yoda!"

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Amy West
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Subject: yoda as a generic

(I did a quick search of the since-1999 ADS-L archive and the
before-April-2008 Language Log archive before posting this: I
apologize if I missed something.)

I spotted this use of "yoda" as generic -- equivalent to "guru" -- in
the Boston Globe yesterday:

I am drawn to Prohibition, as I am to all catastrophes, so I turn to
Prohibition yoda Dan Okrent for enlightenment. Okrent is author of
the forthcoming book "The Last Call: the Rise and Fall of

--Sam Allis, Boston Globe, May 3, 2010, p. 23, G section


---Amy West

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