View Full Version : Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle ='s YAHOO!

09-09-2000, 04:29 PM
OoOoO! I just found out few months ago that Yahoo! actually means "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle" - How many of yah know this already?

Ah! And I always thought that Yahoo! is some Chinese or Japanese word! Hehehe...


09-09-2000, 05:02 PM
I always thought it was just a random name... you know like they took and wrote a bunch of words on little pieces of paper, threw them in a hate and picked one - YAHOO!" hehehehe


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09-10-2000, 12:23 PM
I'm with Knix, Yahoo as an acronym is news to me. How did they pick Hierarchical Officious Oracle though? That's like a tongue twister. Almost as if they opened up random pages of the dictionary and picked the longest word on the page.

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09-10-2000, 12:34 PM
I thought it came from Jonathan Swift's novel, and any acronym is an after-thought


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09-13-2000, 12:27 AM
From http://docs.yahoo.com/info/misc/history.html

The name Yahoo! is supposed to stand for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle" but Filo and Yang insist they selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos. Yahoo! itself first resided on Yang's student workstation, "akebono" while the search engine was lodged on Filo's computer, "konishiki." (These machines were named after legendary Hawaiian sumo wrestlers.)

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