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YANKEE, n. In Europe, an American. In the Northern States of our
Union, a New Englander. In the Southern States the word is unknown.


YEAR, n. A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.

YESTERDAY, n. The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire
past of age.

  But yesterday I should have thought me blest

      To stand high-pinnacled upon the peak

      Of middle life and look adown the bleak

  And unfamiliar foreslope to the West,

  Where solemn shadows all the land invest

      And stilly voices, half-remembered, speak

      Unfinished prophecy, and witch-fires freak

  The haunted twilight of the Dark of Rest.

  Yea, yesterday my soul was all aflame

      To stay the shadow on the dial's face

  At manhood's noonmark! Now, in God His name

      I chide aloud the little interspace

  Disparting me from Certitude, and fain

  Would know the dream and vision ne'er again.

Baruch Arnegriff

  It is said that in his last illness the poet Arnegriff was
attended at different times by seven doctors.

YOKE, n. An implement, madam, to whose Latin name, jugum, we owe
one of the most illuminating words in our language -- a word that
defines the matrimonial situation with precision, point and poignancy.
A thousand apologies for withholding it.

YOUTH, n. The Period of Possibility, when Archimedes finds a fulcrum,
Cassandra has a following and seven cities compete for the honor of
endowing a living Homer.

      Youth is the true Saturnian Reign, the Golden Age on earth

  again, when figs are grown on thistles, and pigs betailed with

  whistles and, wearing silken bristles, live ever in clover, and

  clows fly over, delivering milk at every door, and Justice never

  is heard to snore, and every assassin is made a ghost and,

  howling, is cast into Baltimost!

Polydore Smith

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