Yogi-ism

A Yogi-ism is described as a malapropism, derived
from the name of a character in the plays The
Rivals
, Mrs. Malaprop whose name was derived from the word malapropos. The word
malapropos means “inappropriate” so
in this road map of word connections I have described the meaning of Yogi-ism.
Yogi-ism is the inappropriate twists of words that take more time to think
about than they do to read.

“I never said most of the things I
said.”

What does
that mean? Simple. Read quickly, easily. However, what could that mean? Besides
letting your eyes flow over the words, look into the words, look between each vertical
line, under each curve. Find true meaning. Taking that Yogi was in the spot
light, although he could have said some things, his side of the story was told
by someone else, so looking through the words he may not have said some things
that he was quoted for saying. Even if you put it in quotes it may not be the
exact phrase, or context could be left out, leading toward misinterpretation.
The story was told after he said it. With the words he used, somewhat. We all
know what to believe about true stories, which really happened. Truth is not
truth, even though it is. Your truth may not be my truth. His truth may not be
her truth. To a quarterback being rushed by a 300 pound man who had to duck
down to get into the stadium that day on 3rd down with a tie game
hovering on the score board, 3 Mississippi is much different than to a 5 year
old playing hide and seek in the back yard. To a fisherman, this big becomes This Big the second time the story is
told.

All of
this thought from nine words however, the way I interpret Yogi-isms may be
different from the way you do, which is why Yogi’s words become inappropriate. Not
like too much cleavage in class inappropriate, like misinterpretation of true
meaning inappropriate.

“If the world was perfect, it
wouldn’t be.”

Someone could
find something wrong with perfection.

Read
this one.

In theory there is no difference
between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

Are you
thinking what the hell does this mean? Yeah me too. Read it again. And one more
time. Come on play along. What does he mean by practice? If he means baseball
practice, I guess I understand that interpretation, well for the first
sentence, practice is like a theory of a game, what you think may happen if you
do things right and everything goes your way. Then the second sentence makes me
believe that interpretation is wrong.

Sometimes
with Yogi Berra’s words I see his big goofy ears and large smile and think he
said it with no meaning behind it at all, such as when talking to a friend and
telling him how to get to his home in New Jersey, Yogi said, “when
you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
It’s as if he’s just screwing with him, joking around. But when taken out of context
you can break that line down too and turn it into great, beautiful insight about
taking the road less traveled and living large without the fear of where
something new may take you. Nope. I think he just means to be a jokester. Such as
when you’re riding copilot for your Mom, who quite frankly should not have a
license in the first place, who’s waiting to turn out on to the highway and she
asks, “See anything?” and you turn your head both ways and plainly say, “Nothing
your way. How ‘bout mine?” at this points her nerves are shot, the foot she had
just casually eased off the break slams back down and she looks at you
confused. It’s funny, try it. It doesn’t work with male drivers due to most having
ease and confidence behind the wheel, women however enjoy living by
stereotypes. (I believe it’s due to the pressure of the stereotype, just living
up to expectations)

I’ve
gotten myself off track. Although, I really haven’t. Yogi-isms are thought
provoking, terrible for people with ADD.

Try it
out,

Give these
a think,

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the
humility.”

Hint:
Humility = estimate of importance

“It’s like deja-vu, all over again.”

“Little League baseball is a very
good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”

So I’m ugly. So what? I never saw
anyone hit with his face.”

I
giggled.

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

Hint:
Word ratios you did in Elementary school.  Wrong:
Mistakes
is to Right: Certainty

“We have deep depth.”

If
you’ve ever been on a basketball team where you weren’t afraid to come out of
the game when your team was only up by a few baskets, you understand.

“You wouldn’t have won if we’d
beaten you.”

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