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What is Yo-Yo in Tagalog? Origin, Myths, and Pedro Flores

What is Yo-Yo in Tagalog? Origin, Myths, and Pedro Flores

Toys and Games
The yo-yo in Tagalog is also called “yo-yo,” and is considered to be one of the oldest toys in the world. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “yo-yo” is “probably from Ilocano yoyo, or a cognate word in a language of the Philippines.” Some people also believe that it means “come back,” which makes sense since this is what the toy does.  According to some reports, ancient Filipinos invented the yo-yo and used it as a weapon or a hunting tool. Allegedly, the locals during the 16th century climbed on trees and waited for enemies and prey to pass by. Then, they throw rocks tied to a 20-foot-long cord and pull the “yo-yo” back. However, there is no historical or archeological evidence to support these claims.  Another myth about the yo-yo is that it originates in Chi...