Monday, March 02, 2009

Sick Day XXIV


I am sick of people that say, “Yee Haw!” Chumps, this ain’t no wagon train. Do you have the foggiest notion of what Yee Haw means? Where it came from?

Yee Haw is a bastardization of Gee and Haw. When you are running a team of draft animals, be it draft horses or oxen or sled dogs for that matter, “Gee is the verbal command to go right and “Haw is the verbal command to go left.

Any drunken teamster that shouts out Gee Haw is confused and unable to guide his team. So while you may think that Yee Haw is a celebratory term in reality it is someone that has no idea what they are doing.

If any of you use the term, sure you may want to sound like cowboys, but to those of us that have actually worked draft animals, you sound like ass holes. Now go somewhere else and try to sound like pirates instead.

10 Comments:

Blogger Donna said...

I usually only say "Yee-haw" when I'm listening to bluegrass music.

I can often be heard saying "woo-hoo" however.

Is that OK?

4:08 AM  
Blogger Jaggy said...

The one that kills me is "oo-rah," or whatever version of that soldiers are using these days. Oorah is earned, not learned. It's a battle cry, a frustration, a whatevever-you-want, but it's earned. I can't stand hearing some idiot college student shout that after leaving a test or something. Yes, yes, you defeated the enemy, the mighty No. 2 pencil, good for you... ugh.

7:27 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Shoot. Blame that on Gene Autry. Blame it on Hoot Gibson and Walter Brennan and Hopalong Cassidy and Buddy Ebsen. You can even blame it on Slim Pickens and Mel Brooks. Most of us are too young or too citified to have ever met a "real" cowboy. And even real cowboys nowadays say "Yee Haw". They/we don't know any better because that's what the movies tell us they did. There was probably never a pirate alive that ever really said "Shiver Me Timbers!" That's why you are here. To set us straight. You are our Bhodisattva, our Buddha, our Aristotle, our very own Yoda. "Accurate verbiage you must use, in order to proper english speak." Enlighten us.... Oh wait, you just did.... (grin)

8:23 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Donna, Woo Hoo is OK but lay off the Yee Haws. Please!

Jaggy I agree that is earned, yet I think that too should be kept to themselves. Marines in the company of other Marines.

Darev, see tomorrows post. Thanks for the inspiration.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Nobody can do a "Yee-Haw!!" as good as Jethro Bodine Clampett did in the Beverly Hillbillys.
He had it down.
He put his entire body and soul into it.

6:59 PM  
Blogger g said...

i prefer "giddy up"

7:23 PM  
Blogger Auntie said...

If it's giddy up with a "super poke"...... I'm in.

8:56 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Wee Doggies!

5:33 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Oh my.....

6:29 AM  
Blogger g said...

yippy ki yi yay motherfu**ers
...bruce willis

7:34 PM  

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