Name that cellist

Yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine has Pig misunderstanding more expressions — this time a name:

Yo mama (literally ‘your mother’) is of course the beginning of ritual insults, and can stand on its own as a all-purpose insult.

Yo mama and Yo-Yo Ma are both built from the syllables yo and ma, in that order, with one of them doubled. So they are formally very similar.

On Yo-Yo Ma, from Wikipedia:

Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is an American cellist. He was a child prodigy and was performing by age five. He completed a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1976.

Ma is known for the breadth of his tastes in music.

One Response to “Name that cellist”

  1. the ridger Says:

    Some years ago I saw Yo-Yo Ma performing in Baltimore. Behind me two older women were sitting; one was reading the program notes to the other as we waited for the concert to start. “He was born in Paris, and his family moved to the US when he was 5,” she read. “In Paris?” said the other. “They were French? That explains why they thought Yo-Yo would be a good name!”

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