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What is the origin of the word Y0-YO ?
Submitted by Walton Linder (Oneonta, Al - U.S.A.)
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The yo-yo seems to come from a Philliping language, a fact underpinned by the apparent origin of the toy in that area. Its first use comes in 1915, in the context of a US company taking out a patent on this 'Filipino toy'.
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