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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 24 00:00:30 UTC 2015

Apparently it was Yogi Bear who died (and whose funeral we should all attend, or else he won't attend ours), according to an AP release this morning:


As this Slate piece explains, Yogi ("Smarter-than-the-average") Bear was indeed named for Yogi Berra, who was named for either a generic or specific yogi.

--Laurence (but not Yogi) Horn

> On Sep 23, 2015, at 6:31 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Here's my contribution to today's Yogi-fest:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.slate.com_blogs_lexicon-5Fvalley_2015_09_23_best-5Fyogi-5Fisms-5Fhow-5Fyogi-5Fberra-5Fturned-5Flinguistic-5Fvice-5Finto-5Fvirtue-5Fwith-5Fhis.html&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Mllp1ql6nCRDMCrCt70sqZkm8BBiGDDBBXVVFnYagZA&s=LAL0oOW0gobKlE8Y3KUkST8f0k8r5H-Aq3TuoCuIeNY&e= 
> I was also on Southern California Public Radio show AirTalk:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.scpr.org_programs_airtalk_2015_09_23_44580_rip-2Dyogi-2Dberra-2Ds-2Dbest-2Dmalapropisms_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Mllp1ql6nCRDMCrCt70sqZkm8BBiGDDBBXVVFnYagZA&s=cska1jXq7j8K7X5g-nB8eDgcCmGRF0xbjbF0gV5YJTg&e= 
> On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>> Joel wrote:
>>> Interesting. But I was quoting that as one of only many that will
>>> appear out of the woodwork* following The Yogi's demise
>> Right, there may be a burst of old, revived, and new Yogi-isms. Barry
>> Popik has fruitfully examined many sayings attributed to the baseball
>> great, and I've looked at some.
>> The QI website is receiving significant additional traffic today from
>> referrals to the webpages about Berra quotations from nytimes.com,
>> slate.com, huffingtonpost.com, mentalfloss.com and reddit.com. It is
>> also receiving additional traffic from cracked.com for an Einstein
>> attributed quotation.
>> Traffic today already exceeds 17,000 users measured by Google
>> Analytics. So it will be a busy day, but the total probably will not
>> reach the record traffic from last year of 64,000 users in one day.
>> Those visitors were reading about the Hemingway attributed
>> ultra-concise tale about baby shoes.
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