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Yogi Berra's Ambiguous Statements

Bits & Pieces, February 4, 1993, p. 14

Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame catcher and former New York Yankees manager, was the champion of muddled conversation. Here are a few of his ambiguous statements: On a hot day in St. Petersburg, Florida, a spring training observer told Yogi, "Good afternoon, Mr. Berra. My, you look mighty cool today." "Thank you, ma'am," Yogi replied. "You don't look so hot yourself." "We lost because we made too many wrong mistakes." "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore." "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical." "You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." A worker asked for a pay raise and got this note back from his supervisor: "Because of the fluctuation predisposition of your position's productive capacity as juxtaposed to standard norms, it would be momentarily injudicious to advocate your requested increment." The puzzled worker went to the supervisor and said, "If this is about my pay raise, I don't get it." "That's right," said the supervisor.