Language abuse: Yogi-isms

Posted: February 12, 2019 in Words
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Last week I promised Allan at Ohm Sweet Ohm that this week I’d be featuring a few of the language home runs Yogi Berra hit over the years. Not to be confused with Yogi Bear, although his AP obituary initially stated that Yogi Bear had died, he was an outstanding baseball player for the New York Yankees.  But he is just as famous for his humorous use, or some might say, misuse, of the English language.  Perhaps his best known is “It isn’t over till it’s over.”  But there are many more.  Here are just a few to interject a smile or even a laugh into your day.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

You can observe a lot by just watching.

It’s like déjà vu all over again.

No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.

 Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

Never answer an anonymous letter.

He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

Half the lies they tell me aren’t true.

Can we believe that Yogi actually said all these things?  I think so, but then again he did say, “I never said most of the things I said.”   So you decide.  🙂

  1. it seems the baseball expert had the same math teacher like me LOL

  2. Dan Antion says:

    This is just the chuckle I needed today, Janet.

  3. Jet Eliot says:

    Fun to read Yogi Berra’s quotes, Janet, and I like your clever title too. I had only heard a couple of them, so enjoyed hearing the new ones.

  4. John Hric says:

    I would go with Yogi Yoga rather than abuse. The upward facing dog of vocabulary. Keep the yoga mat in case you fall over laughing. Now stretch those words and hold them for a moment. With a little luck after we are done with the chakra we will still have enough to do the baselines….

  5. Half of the time, I love 90% of the things he said.
    The other half, might be 100.

    Did you get my email about the title link not working in your email notifications (or was it, is it, just my outlook not opening the link correctly?


  6. Leya says:

    Hahaha – thank you for the big smile on my face, Janet!

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love Yogi-isms …. whether he said them or not 😉

  8. dennyho says:

    Fun to read these today. Did not realize they all belong to Yogi.

  9. de Wets Wild says:

    He must have been such a character around the dinner table; everyones’ favourite uncle!
    And humorous as it may be, there’s a tinge of wisdom in many of these quotes – probably in all of them.
    Thanks very much, Janet!

    • You’re right. There is wisdom there, but certainly LOTS of humor. And none of it mean. That’s really rare, especially these days. Too much humor is mean now.

      I think of you every day I do these. 🙂

      • de Wets Wild says:

        And I appreciate that so, Janet! Isn’t it wonderful that, through blogging, people can make connections, meaningful connections, with other people they’re highly unlikely ever to meet in person? I feel blessed.

      • I agree completely. I’ve been blessed to meet a number of fellow bloggers, including one in Europe , and that was so much fun. I hope to meet more, but as you say, even the virtual connection can be so special.

  10. I really enjoyed this, Janet. Thanks for the smiles. 😅

  11. 😀 Always enjoy these

  12. Su Leslie says:

    A smile and a chuckle to start my day 😀 Thanks Janet

  13. Thanks for the link, Janet. I always enjoy reading Yogi’s bon mots.