Thursday, October 09, 2003


Jonathan Swift was one of the first ancient "bloggers" as it were, and his book, Gulliver's Travels, reports the travels of a fictional "Lemuel Gulliver", whose experiences in "unexplored territories" are intended as social and political satire on humanity, depicted in Gulliver's Travels as "Yahoos", where Yahoo is a word invented by Swift as follows:

"composed of yah and ugh, both interjections implying disgust."

In Swift's day, critical commentary on the existing mainstream power structure was frowned upon by the establishment. Swift was in fact banished to Ireland for his irreverent writings about "the Yahoos".

The writer of this blog uses the intentionally punny Pseudo-nym "Houyhnhnm" (Hou-yhnhnm) from Gulliver's Travels, a Swiftian term which is defined as:

Hou*yhnhnm (?), n.
One of the race of horses described by Swift in his imaginary travels of Lemuel Gulliver. The Houyhnhnms were endowed with reason and noble qualities; subject to them were Yahoos, a race of brutes having the form and all the worst vices of men.

As one might thus imagine, YahooPundit comments on humanity.

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