October 24, 2012

My life with a yahoo

 Luis Quintanilla, Yahoo Boss (1947)

I just got rid of a yahoo, what a relief.

Yahoo is a word coined by Jonathan Swift and refers to a cruel, filthy guy who lacks of scruples due to his ignorance

According to Wikipedia's entry:

"Swift describes them as being filthy and with unpleasant habits, resembling human beings far too closely for the liking of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver, who finds the calm and rational society of intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnms, far preferable. The Yahoos are primitive creatures obsessed with 'pretty stones' they find by digging in mud, thus representing the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "yahoo" has come to mean "a crude, brutish or obscenely coarse person".

Indeed: there is a filthy mentality according to which people are an obstacle, rather than an opportunity and a help. Instead of teaming up, yahoos make your life miserable and they remain immerse in mediocrity. Hélas!

I am not going to waste my time with people who are unable to understand this very piece, since they don't even know English, and who have a vital horizon as limited as their tiny office, which they rarely abandon. Yahoos tend to become fat toads.

1 comment:

Noor said...