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yahoo (YA-hoo, ya-HOO) noun

    1. A member of a race of brutes in Swift's Gulliver's Travels who have the form and all the vices of man.

    2. An uncouth or rowdy person.

Harrison, in Fortn. Rev. Nov. 681 "Pessimist pictures of human and Yahoo theories of human life."

First used in 1726 by Jonathan Swift in his satire Gulliver's Travels, the word yahoo has come a long way to the most well-known Internet company in the world. It is a testament to Swift's genius that more than half dozen coinages from his book are now regular words in the English Dictionary but yahoo is the most popular among them. David Filo and Jerry Yang considered themselves yahoos and as a result named their newly incubated directory as "Yahoo!". Later it was explained as "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle."

The word yahoo is also used as an interjection as an exclamation of excitement, similar to hooray. -Anu

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Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. -Samuel Butler, novelist, essayist, and satirist (1835-1902)

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