Tuesday, 8 April 2008


I live in a house built in the grounds of Moor Park where Jonathan Swift was said to have written Gulliver’s Travels in 1726. So, when listening to the ‘Write Stuff’ quiz on Radio 4 last night my ears pricked up to the question “What is the connection between Yahoo and Jonathan Swift?”.

Answer? A Yahoo is a legendary being in Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels. Swift describes the Yahoos as vile and savage creatures, filthy and with unpleasant habits. Hence the term "Yahoo" has become synonymous with "cretin," "dinosaur," and/or "Neanderthal”. Source - Wikipedia.

Perhaps this should be a warning to Microsoft!

At the very least you might now be able to get a few extra points in a future Pub Quiz.

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