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RIP: Yogi Berra’s best malapropisms




With help from former teammate New York Yankee Whitey Ford (L),  former New York Yankee Yogi Berra (C) is introduced during the teams Old Timers Day prior to a game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 2014.
With help from former teammate New York Yankee Whitey Ford (L), former New York Yankee Yogi Berra (C) is introduced during the teams Old Timers Day prior to a game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 2014.
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Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his lovable, linguistically dizzying "Yogi-isms" as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died at 90.

We remember our favorite Yogi-isms, like “The future ain’t what it used to be,” “It ain’t over till it’s over,” “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” and “You can observe a lot just by watching.”

Perhaps the best, though, was his response when asked by his wife whether he wanted to be buried in his native St. Louis or in his adoptive hometown of Montclair, New Jersey. Yogi’s reply? “Why don’t you surprise me.”

​Guest:

Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Wall Street Journal and executive editor of Vocabulary.com