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“When They Learned to Yelp”By Dave Eggers, fromHow We are HungryThey were older than most when they learned to yelp. Most people, of most generations, in mostof the world’s nations, learn to yelp at a young age. Some are born yelping, others learn it whenthey learn their mother tongue. Yelping, as they say, comes with the territory. But these people,the ones we’re talking about—born in the United States at a certain time—they had not learnedto yelp.To yelp: open your mouth. Convulse your stomach, as you would before a belch, or beforevomiting. Now form a word, a thousand words, but emit none. In place of the words you mightattempt, make a sound. The sound is a combination of three sounds. Each of these represents athird of your yelp.First: there is the shrieking sound you might make if you hit your head on the bottom edge of anopen kitchen cabinet door. It is sudden, high-pitched, angry. It speaks of the stupidity of pain.
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