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"What Does 'Yahoo!' Stand For?"

By April 6, 2006

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Yahoo! is a household term about to celebrate its 12th birthday. It started in 1994 when two electrical engineering students had to name their web search database. Instead of calling it "David's and Jerry's Guide to the Web", they decided that "yahoo" would be a good name, standing for...
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April 7, 2006 at 2:24 am
(1) Steve says:

The first use of the word Yahoo that I am aware of was in the last section of Swift’s “Gullivers Travels” where the intelligent horses referred to the dirty and not very intelligent human savages as yahoos. This would explain the dictionary definition.

April 8, 2006 at 2:05 am
(2) netforbeginners says:

Indeed, Steve. Both David and Jerry of Yahoo! liked the roughness of the name.

April 11, 2006 at 11:33 pm
(3) Lily J. says:

Yes, Yahoo! is a much better name than David’s and Jerry’s….

I didn’t know that was what Yahoo! stood for, Good to know.

April 12, 2006 at 2:33 am
(4) sandy b. says:

david’snd jerrys is not a good name at all yahoo is much better

December 8, 2010 at 3:13 am
(5) camille moreno says:

YAHOO stands for
” Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”

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