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made to go up and down a long piece of string to which it is tied (Cambridge University Press Dictionary)
Ancient History The origins of the modern yoyo can be traced far back into history. The yoyo is thought to have originated in China in 1000B.C. where it took the form of two connected ivory discs that were made to move up and down a silk string.
The earliest surviving examples have been dated to around 500B.C. where they are mentioned in Greek historical records and can be seen depicted in vase paintings. It is thought that this makes the yoyo the second oldest toy in the world (the doll is at number one). The earliest surviving example dates from around this period and is on display in the National Museum of Athens in Greece.
Ancient Greek yoyos came in two types: the first was made from wood or metal and was likely to have been used for day to day play. The second was constructed from terra cotta (a brittle ceramic material which would have made it difficult to use as a toy) and is thought to have been for ceremonial purposes only. In ancient Greek society a young man would often mark his passage into adulthood by giving up his toys as a sacrifice to the gods Julian Edelman Patriots Jersey , so this may have been the function of these decorative ceramic yoyos.
The Philippines and origins of the name There is evidence to suggest that a type of weapon similar to the yoyo was used for hunting in the Philippines from the 16th century onwards. It is thought that this could have lead to its use as a toy by Filipino children and even the adoption of the name yoyo which means come back in the native language of the area. This is not proven however and it is also possible that the yoyo could have been introduced to the Philippines from China along the busy trade routes of the time.
The main advance of the Philippine yoyo design over earlier models was the introduction of the looped slip string which means looping the string around the yoyo axle rather than tying directly on to it. This enables much greater stability in the movements of the body of the yoyo and opens up the possibility of a huge range of free spin tricks.
The Philippines also has another important part to play in the The yoyo spread across Europe from the Far East during the 18th and 19th centuries, becoming especially popular amongst the nobility and aristocracy of France Womens Rob Gronkowski Jersey , Scotland and England. Yoyos during this period were often extremely ornate and constructed from ivory or glass with polished brass axles. A young Prince Louis XVII of France and the Prince of Wales (future King George IV of England) were both pictured playing with yoyos at this time which would have