Y is for YAHOO!

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.

yahoo board game ebay

You can buy the boards on eBay. This one is from eBay seller rbmqe.

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

Clyde Martin working in father-in-law Clarence McGhee's woodworking shop, Madison, KS 1959.

This photo shows Clyde Martin in 1959 in his father-in-law’s (Clarence McGhee) workshop.

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.

4 thoughts on “Y is for YAHOO!

  1. That’s neat that he made you a board game.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author


  2. Pingback: A Is For Ads | Discovering Mom

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