Please Tell Me You Didn’t Just… Yermo.

First and foremost, I apologize to the residents of the city of Yermo, California. You don’t deserve this. But, hey. Neither did the inhabitants of Crapstone England.


A couple weeks ago I took my son on our first father/son road trip. Yes, he’s nine; and it’s not that we have never traveled. We’ve traveled a crapstone-ton. It’s just always been by plane or in a vehicle full of people. I was getting ready to purchase airline tickets when I realized this, and thought my son and I could use some real bonding time. Days later we hit the open road, headed from Salt Lake City, Utah to Anaheim, California. I’ll get to how awesome that was in another post. For now, let’s talk about “yermo.”


One of the first towns we passed after entering California was Yermo. Population: 1750. If you blink sailing by at 82 MPH you’ll miss it.

Unluckily for the residents of Yermo, Noah did not miss the exit sign. Instead, it went something like this:

Noah: Dad, what is Yermo?
Me: It’s a city in California.
Noah: A city?! That doesn’t sound like a city. Yermo… Yermo… Yermo… That sounds like it should mean something else.
Me: Oh, yeah? Hm. I think you’re right. Like what.
Noah: I don’t know. Let me think about it…


Noah: I know what yermo should mean.
Me: Tell me.
Noah: Yermo is when someone rips a really bad one, and it smells really bad, and you just want them out of there.
Me: Ooooh, I like that. So, like… “Ew. Who just yermo’d?”
Noah: Yep. Or like… “Please tell me you didn’t just yermo.”

And a new term was born.


We refined it as the trip went on. We decided it could be used both as a verb and a noun. Two proper usages would be:

Leave the room before you yermo next time.

Oh, nasty. Is that a yermo I smell?

Anyway, the other day he told me we need to do everything we can to make sure everyone starts using the term. I told him I agreed and that I may be able to spread the term beyond our immediate circle.

So, use it friends. Use it with wild abandon. I would be so proud to know that my child brought something so amazing to the English (or any) language.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!