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Is the name yahoo inspired from Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels"?

Question #64764. Asked by loominitsa.

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David Filo and Jerry Yang were Ph.D. candidates in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University when they started Yahoo to keep track of the sites they were interested in. By 1994 their site was being used by thousands of users who needed a way to find content on the web, and so they turned it into a general purpose index for anyone that wanted to use it.

Yahoo is sometimes said to stand for 'Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle', but Filo and Yang say that they chose the name because they consider themselves to be Yahoos, named after the uncivilized half-animals in Jonathon Swift's classic book Gulliver's Travels.

Dec 11 2002, 11:15 PM
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The Web site started out as "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" but eventually received a new moniker with the help of a dictionary. The name Yahoo! is an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle," but Filo and Yang insist they selected the name because they liked the general definition of a yahoo: "rude, unsophisticated, uncouth."


Jul 18 2009, 12:50 PM
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So a strong connect can be made with "Yahoo!" and...?


Jul 18 2009, 10:09 PM
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