Yaka-wow turns one
Posted: 26 April 2011 01:37 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I don’t know what it means, I suspect it doesn’t mean anything at all, but I predict this term has some serious legs. It’s already a year old and hasn’t been completely forgotten, which is amazing in itself.

The hyphenated form seems much more common than the non-hyphenated, which I think is a great pity.

Yaka-wow, my friends, yaka-wow.

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Posted: 26 April 2011 03:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I guess I just don’t get out much.

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Posted: 26 April 2011 04:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Didn’t even know it had been born In this article from the Times a year ago the two journalists claim to have originated it though a typo. They seem to be tootling their own trumpet a little too much and one wonders if it was purely happenstance that it “went viral” because everyone thought “it was cool”. I’d say it was about as cool as my Great Aunt Winifred. Ghastly word.

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Posted: 26 April 2011 04:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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A scientist is supposed to have unwittingly created it by being misheard, then quoted in print.  The misquote is here:

“It’s not going to destroy the planet but is it going to be a planet worth living in if you have a load of breezy people who go around saying yaka-wow. Is that the society we want?”

According to the reporters involved, transcription error in the above quote rendered “yuck and wow” as “yaka-wow.”

I just pinched myself; yes, I’m awake. 

I don’t know much but I do know, at least, that the scientist’s name is not Mountweazel.  It’s Greenfield.

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Posted: 26 April 2011 05:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Nevah hoid of it.

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Posted: 26 April 2011 01:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’ll let you know if it turns up as an overused home run call on ESPN.

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