Gordon, given your long interest in BYU sports and your recent interest in cussing, I thought you’d appreciate this explanation of the word Yewt.
Over at www.cougarboard.com they use ‘Yewt’ both to refer to the Utes and as an all-purpose profanity substitute. Phrases like, “We’ll kick your yewts, you sons of yewting yewts” are not uncommon. In fact, ‘yewt’ gets used so much that one often forgets that it is a substitute at all and one is often at a loss to think what particular profane word a poster had in mind, if any. I have sometimes wondered about it.
Anyway, a poster yesterday monikered Taco Salad gave the official explanation:
Way back in the dawn of the Internet Age, there was a little old listserv called Cougar-Net (it’s still around in a legacy format, but it is almost gone now).
Around 1996, we were discussing how it was an insult to the Native American Ute tribe to have to be linked with the Keystone Kops football team that was the Utah Utes.
Instead, to help guard the honor of the REAL Utes, it was suggested that we refer to them as the ewets (with the understanding that they play like female lambs).
Over time, it morphed into “yewts”. However, it didn’t really take off until El Jefe, our honored leader of CougarBoard, developed his profanity filter, which replaces profanity with the term “yewt”.