We had a wooden board game that I think Dad made for us. It involved moving marbles around a track after you rolled the dice. We called it Yahoo and it provided hours of fun for us. I’m sure Mom preferred that we settle down with a board game on a snowy or rainy day rather than rampaging around the house building forts with blankets and overturned chairs.
Since my memory of how it was played was a bit hazy, I looked online for the rules. It turns out that the game has a number of names from Whahoo to Aggravation. Maybe we were the only ones calling it “Yahoo.” There’s a great site with instructions for lots of games and you can read the directions there: Our Pastimes.
Clyde Martin Working on a Project
I also remember Mom calling us Yahoos sometimes when we were acting up. “Settle down,” she would say, “and quit acting like wild Yahoos.” I never really knew where that phrase came from until I read Gulliver’s Travels in my college English Lit class. The term has come to mean “a crude, brutish or obscenely coarse person” according to the dictionary.